EUREKA, California, September 28, 2017 – With the arrival of fall weather, the Six Rivers National Forest is transitioning to prescribed fire season. This means the forest will be implementing safe and effective use of prescribed fire when the conditions are favorable.


The Six Rivers National Forest has worked closely with the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership, the Trinity County Collaborative Group, and the Smith River Collaborative to develop projects that will promote safer, healthier, and more resilient landscapes, while boosting local economic opportunities. With the use of prescribed fire and other treatments (including timber harvest), the Six Rivers National Forest aims to reduce the severity of fires around people and homes, while ensuring for firefighter safety.


“During this long and busy fire season, previous years’ prescribed burns helped firefighters gain an advantage. Those areas served as strategic fuel breaks to slow the fire’s progression and created safer, low intensity fire. Although not a new concept, people are recognizing the tremendous benefits from prescribed burns. Given this great fall weather, as we shift from fighting the wildfires, we will focus our attention to lighting our prescribed burns,” says Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr.


Prescribed burning is anticipated in the following locations:


Smith River NRA-Gasquet District


Understory burns:


 

  • 22 acres in the Big Flat Project, located near the community of Big Flat
  • 14 acres on Gordon Hill Project, located off French Hill Road-above Gasquet
  • 15 acres on Pappas Flat Project, located off Gasquet Mountain Road-near Gasquet

 


Pile burning:

  • 36 acres within the Gordon Hill Project
  • 2 acres within the Hiouchi Fuelbeak Project
  • 33 acres within the Big Flat Project

Orleans/Ukonom Ranger Districts


Understory burns:

  • 55 acres within the Roots and Shoots Cultural Burn Project
  • 200 acres within the Hazel project area, approximately 5 miles southwest of Orleans, up Forest Service Road 10N13.
  • 130 acres within the OCFR Project

Pile burning:

  • 150 acres within the OCFR Project

Lower Trinity Ranger District


Understory burning:

  • 50 acres within the Waterman Project

Pile burning:

  • 50 acres within the Sims Project
  • 10 acres within the Mill Creek Project
  • 10 acres within the Happy Camp Mountain Project
  • 5 acres within the Plantation Thin Project

Mad River Ranger District


Understory burning:

  • 115 acres - Beaverslide Units 161 & 162

Pile burning:

  • 57 acres - Lost Creek Timber Sale – BD
  • 15 acres machine piles - Grizzly Mountain
  • 16 acres – Van Duzen Unit 3

Prior to any burning, the forest works with the National Weather Service and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties) and the Northeast Air Alliance (Siskiyou County) to ensure compliance with state and federal burning regulations.


For more information, contact Deputy Interagency Fire Chief James Courtright at (707) 441-3575 or jamescourtright@fs.fed.us.



Source: Six Rivers to begin fall burning