Fall Brings Crucial Prescribed Burns to Lassen and Modoc National Forests


As autumn takes hold, cooler temperatures bring an opportunity for prescribed fires to enhance forest health. Both Lassen and Modoc National Forests are commencing multiple burns this season to mitigate wildfire risks.

In Lassen National Forest’s Hat Creek Ranger District, residents of Hat Creek and Old Station may observe controlled burns. Crews are scheduled to ignite the 400-acre North 49 Prescribed Fire Project in the Ashpan Snowmobile Park area along Forest Service Road-17. Another 320 acres along the same road near Manzanita Chutes will also undergo controlled burning. The Hat Creek Rim area will see the Eastside Underburn project covering about 1,000 acres near Jelly Springs.

In Modoc National Forest, prescribed burns include over 4700 acres south of Co Rd 97, 1800 acres south of Mowitz Butte, and 200 acres near Rush Creek, 1.5 miles west of HWY 299. These burns aim to enhance long-term forest health, with minimal expected smoke impact on nearby communities. Check air quality at www.airnow.gov to stay informed.