Planned Pile Burns Resume in Plumas National Forest After Month of Wet Weather


In Quincy, Plumas National Forest firefighters plan to resume pile burning on the forest after more than a month of snow and wet weather.

Today, the Mount Hough Ranger District is set to ignite a large pile near Oakland Camp outside Quincy, with conditions permitting.

The ignition is expected to start around 10 a.m. A local engine and equipment will be on-site to ensure the pile burning is done safely and effectively. Smoke is expected to be visible in nearby communities, including the area near Chandler Road and northern Quincy. However, no significant long-term impacts are expected on nearby neighborhoods, although short-duration, minor smoke impacts may be possible along nearby roads.

Visibility on roads in the project area may be reduced, especially early morning and late evening, as smoke settles. Drivers in the area are advised to use caution. Plumas National Forest Fire Management Officer, Mitch Wilson, said, “Following several months of much-needed and appreciated winter weather, we are looking forward to conditions allowing us to begin pile burning and other fuel reduction efforts this spring to help protect our local communities. The pile at Oakland Camp is a great start, and we are monitoring conditions across the forest to complete more fuel reduction work ahead of the upcoming fire season.”

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 pile until the fire is out.