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Lassen Volcanic National Park Prepares to Ignite Fall Prescribed Fire Projects

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Date: October 20, 2011
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.   

This area of the park has a long history of large, high intensity fire dating back to the early part of the last century. Therefore, the threat of intense, high severity fire in close proximity to one of the most highly utilized recreational areas in Lassen Volcanic National Park is significant. "These prescribed burn projects will also help to insure that future fires won't cross over boundaries between the park and national forest lands. The policy of using fire as a management tool will help decrease risk to life, property, improvements and help protect the natural and cultural resources for which this national park was established." Koontz added.

Lassen Volcanic National Park will begin these projects as soon as weather conditions ensure safe, efficient burning conditions and minimize impacts to the public.  

The Lily Pond Trail and the Nobles Emigrant Trail over Nobles Pass may be temporarily closed during burn operations.  

For more information, please contact the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at (530) 595-4480 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo and click on fire management information through the "management" link.

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

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.