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Contact: Fire Management Office, 530-242-3443
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to begin seasonal prescribed burning activities
within the next several weeks. Local conditions are expected to allow for the safe and effective use of prescribed fire at cooler and higher elevation locations within the park. Fire crews will plan to begin underburning at the higher elevation Brandy Creek and Coggins project sites within the park. As the weather becomes cooler and wetter, additional lower elevation project sites and park-wide pile burning will be planned and implemented as conditions allow.
The Brandy Creek project is located within a north facing drainage in the center of the park, up-slope from the Brandy Creek Beach and Marina area. The Coggins project is a high elevation site along County Line Road on the western boundary of Shasta County and the park. Both projects represent between 200 - 450 acres of planned fall burning. The primary goals of these projects are to encourage forest health, reduce area fuel loads and fire hazard, and ensure public and firefighter safety.
The combination of recent rains and the seasonal transition towards shorter days, cooler temperatures and better overnight relative humidity recovery, are expected to reduce potential adverse fire danger in many of the parks high elevation areas within the next few weeks. These conditions are often ideal for meeting desired prescribed fire objectives by ensuring adequate fire intensities and consumption, while limiting control issues and adverse fire impacts.
To help protect visitors and firefighters there may be temporary closures and controlled traffic along roads and trails during implementation within the various project areas.
Fire crews will plan to ignite individual units within each project area on multiple days throughout the coming months as conditions become favorable.Temperature, humidity and winds will be monitored to ensure safe and effective burn conditions and favorable air quality. Smoke will be generally visible from the Redding and Anderson areas during active ignition operations.
For additional information, please call: the Fire Management Office at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at 530-242-3443. Fire updates can also be found on the parks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeytownNationalRecreationArea