Pile Burns Continue Near Challenge

Plumas National Forest firefighters continue pile burning near Challenge on the Feather River Ranger District, today if weather conditions allow. Crews plan to ignite around 10 acres of piles near Dry Creek Road.

Firefighters from Firestorm, the Tahoe National Forest, and the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest will support Feather River Ranger District’s pile burning this week, including patrol through the weekend. More seasonable weather and a drying pattern is improving conditions for pile burning across the forest this week, although snow continues to limit access.

While smoke is expected to be visible, it is not expected to have significant long-term impacts on nearby communities, including Challenge along La Porte and Oregon Hill roads. Short-duration, minor smoke impacts are expected along La Porte, Oregon Hill, and neighboring forest roads. Visibility on roads in the project areas may be reduced, especially early in the morning and late evening as smoke settles. Drivers in the area should use caution.

If weather conditions become unfavorable, including increased or gusty winds in the area, burning will stop until conditions improve. Firefighters will monitor conditions and the burning piles until the fires are out.