Controlled Burn in Susanville Raises Concerns but Remains within Prescribed Boundaries


A controlled burn raised concerns as flames remained visible well into the evening hours yesterday.

Representatives from CALFIRE, with the Lassen Modoc Unit, assured that the Willow Creek agricultural burn along Horse Lake Rd. stayed within the designated prescription boundaries last night, with crews scheduled to maintain a presence on-site throughout the night.

It’s important to note that there was no threat to any nearby structures.

The burn was originally slated for completion on the 31st.

CAL FIRE has been collaborating with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife on the agricultural burn project in the Willow Creek Wildlife Refuge, set to clear more than 790 acres of overgrown plant life that had been obstructing natural waterways. This refuge serves as a crucial feeding and nesting ground for migratory birds and various wildlife species.

Other smoke impacts have arisen from the Diamond Mountain area as the Lassen National Forest’s Eagle Lake Ranger District began pile burns yesterday.
The operations are expected to be completed by Friday. Forest service officials say smoke may be visible 1 to 2 days after burning. Crews will monitor smoke impacts to Susanville and Janesville.

Additionally, Lake Almanor Ranger District has also started ignitions for prescribed pile burning in the Dixie burn scar.

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Photo: Laura Sevy