Lassen Volcanic National Park Prepares to Ignite Fall Prescribed Fire Projects
Contact: Darlene Koontz, (530) 595-6102
Park fire staff is preparing to implement two prescribed burn projects in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Should weather permit, they would be scheduled between October 25 and November 12. The 410-acre Summertown Burn Unit is located in the northwest section of the park just northeast of Manzanita Lake. The project unit lies within, and directly adjacent to, park administrative buildings, residential sites and Lassen National Park Highway. The 527-acre Hole Prescribed Burn is also located in the northwest section of the park, directly northeast of Raker Peak along the park boundary. "All prescribed burns in this area of the park are important to reduce hazardous fuels. Since 1993 prescribed fires have been completed on nearby portions of the park's northern boundary. These projects are part of a long-term fuels treatment plan and are designed to achieve fuels reduction, protect structures and perpetuate natural processes," stated Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.
Did You Know?
The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.