Fire at Whiskeytown

ignition on prescribed burn
Ignition on the Roost prescribed burn at Whiskeytown

National Park Service


The goals of the Fire Management Program at Whiskeytown are to protect people, property and resources from large, high-intensity wildfires, to reduce the build-up of forest fuels, and to bring fire back into the ecosystem. The Fire Program at Whiskeytown uses many different tools to accomplish these goals.

wildfire at Whiskeytown

All unplanned fires at Whiskeytown will be put out as quickly as possible. Whiskeytown fire staff work closely with interagency partners like Cal Fire, USFS, Shasta County and the City of Redding to fight fire aggressively while protecting property and keeping the public and firefighters safe.

smoke column visible over lake

Prescribed Fire
Prescribed fire is used to ignite low intensity fires when weather conditions are right. The goal of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuel build-up, while safely reintroducing fire to the ecosystem.


Mechanical Treatments
A variety of tools and equipment are used to reduce forest fuels in the park. They include the use of chain saws, weed eaters, hand crews, and chippers to maintain defensible space around buildings, create and maintain shaded fuelbreaks, and to clear along roadways. Small trees and brush are cut, piled, chipped and burned during appropriate times.

junior firefighter program

Fire Education
Fire staff work to educate park visitors, employees, agency partners and neighbors about wildland fire, fuels, projects and fire management policy at Whiskeytown.

During the summer children and their families can learn about firefighters and fire in our National Parks by attending the Junior Firefighter program.This is a hands on program where kids can earn a junior firefighter patch.


Last updated: March 1, 2015

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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