Pile burn projects will bring smoke impacts to Greenhorn and Butterfly valley areas this week. The Plumas National Forest will begin the burns today at the landings in Greenhorn Ranch as weather permits. By early Thursday, burns will shift to address timber piles in the East of Butterfly Valley.
Around 17 acres of piles are planned to be treated to reduce fuels in the area.
The forest service says the piles at both locations are very large and may produce smoke for several days, yet it is not expected to have significant long-term impacts on communities. You can expect to have smoke settle within Quincy, and highway 70, as well as on the surrounding forest service roads. This may reduce visibility while driving, especially in the early morning and evening.
Burning will only occur on burn days established by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.
Firefighters will monitor conditions and the burning piles until the fires are out. If weather conditions turn or winds pick up, burning will stop until conditions improve.