Lassen Volcanic National Park to Open Trails through Reading Fire Burn Area and Present Summer Fire Management Programs
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
MINERAL, CA - On Friday, June 7 Lassen Volcanic National Park will open trails that have been closed since the 2012 Reading Fire. These popular trails include the Pacific Crest Trail, Cluster Lakes trail, Twin Lakes trail, and a portion of Nobles Emigrant Trail. Visitors are advised that unmarked and unknown hazards may exist in the areas burned by the fire. These hazards may include unstable terrain, rockfalls, falling trees/limbs, and stump holes/root chambers. Extra caution is needed when hiking or camping in these areas.
Throughout the summer visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about fire and its role in Lassen’s forest ecosystems through ranger-led programs and the park’s Junior Firefighter program. Information can also be found on the park website, www.nps.gov/lavo, which highlights the Reading Fire, the park fire management program, summer and fall fuels projects, and current fire information.
“In consideration of this year’s seasonal outlook for northern California’s fire potential being above normal for large fires and lessons learned from the previous year’s Reading Fire, Lassen Volcanic National Park does not intend to manage any natural fires or implement any spring-time prescribed burns,” stated Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.
Fire management projects scheduled this year include:
For more information, please contact the park fire education specialist at (530) 595-6163 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
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.