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Lassen Volcanic National Park Ready to Ignite Prescribed Burn in Mineral

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Date: April 15, 2008

Lassen Volcanic National Park Ready to Ignite Prescribed Burn in Mineral

Lassen Volcanic National Park staff plans to ignite a 50 acre prescribed fire in the Park’s Headquarters area, located at the western edge of the community of Mineral along State Highway 36. Ignition will begin in late April depending on weather conditions and is planned to occur over 2-3 days. The fire will be staffed and patrolled until declared out.

The goal of the project is to break up the continuity of the fuels which have accumulated unnaturally with the absence of fire. Historically fire burned regularly in these vegetation communities, every 5-20 years, thus shaping and maintaining this community. Reintroduction of fire and subsequent maintenance treatments of this area will help mimic historic and natural fire activity to preserve this vegetation community. Completion of this project is also necessary to ensure protection of Park Headquarters, community developments and identified sensitive resources (i.e. historic structures, split rail fences, riparian areas and cultural landscapes.)

Approximately 95% of the project area has received manual thinning from below in recent years to help produce more fire resistant and resilient fuel profiles around the headquarters area. These thinning operations will enable fire crews to effectively apply prescribed fire to the project area. The prescribed fire will be ignited in approximately 7 acre blocks to manage smoke, fire behavior and effects.

 Lassen Volcanic National Park uses prescribed fire, where appropriate, for the restoration of fire-dependent ecosystems and for species-specific resource management goals. Prescribed fire projects are conducted in a manner consistent with park and prescribed fire plans. “The Mineral project is the first of several prescribed fires planned for 2008. I look forward to working with the surrounding communities as we manage fire for natural resource benefits and public safety,” said Superintendent Darlene Koontz.

For more information, please contact the park at 530/595-4444 Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Did You Know?

reddish color microscopic snow alage

The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.