Plumas and Lassen National Forests Update Fall RX Pile Burns


Plumas National Forest updates Fall Piles burn operations with more scheduled today to bring smoke impacts to the Eastern Plumas and Janesville.

Crews continue in the Bucks Lake area, wrapping up the remaining few acres of piles today, and firefighters will also begin pile burning in the area burned by the Moonlight Fire near Antelope Lake.

Approximately 740 acres are planned for treatment this week.

You may see smoke from Janesville and slight smoke drift into the surrounding areas.

Mount Hough Ranger District Fuels Battalion lead said they are trying to beat the snow and complete ignitions in the burn scar while conditions are ideal. If successful, this will prepare the ground for reforestation and planting in the spring and early summer.
Smoke will also be visible in the Feather River Ranger District near La Porte in the Little Grass Valley project area. Over 260 acres are being treated near the reservoir.

Graeagle, Blairsden, Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley, and Indian Valley are expected to have light smoke impacts, including along the nearby highways: Lakes Basin and the Oro-Quincy.

Firefighters will be monitoring conditions throughout these operations and will stop ignitions if weather shifts to create unsafe conditions.

Additionally, on the Lassen National Forest, The Eagle Lake Ranger District began pile burns yesterday, with continued operations planned through November 10th on the Whaleback Site. Crews have also been able to continue operations on the Diamond WUI Pile burns, with operations scheduled through November 12th, as weather and conditions allow.

The Whaleback pile burns are off County Road A1, west of Spalding and Eagle Lake. Smoke is expected to be visible from County Road A1 and the community of Spalding.

You are asked to be cautious if traveling in the immediate area and follow all posted signs. The Diamond Pile Burns is located Southeast of Diamond Mountain.

The Hat Creek Ranger District also began ignitions today on the Big Lake Pile Burns around Big Lake. Crews will continue to work until piles are completed as weather and conditions allow. Smoke may be visible from Highway 44.

Smoke impacts will be monitored and could last another 1-2 days after ignitions are complete.

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