BLM announces controlled burn project

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management Alturas Field Office will implement a broadcast burn project near Fall River Mills on Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 13, if air quality, weather and availability of personnel and equipment permit, according to a statement from the Bureau of Land Management.

The prescribed burn is designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire associated with high fuel loading. It will improve firefighter safety and effectiveness in the event of a wildfire. File photo

The Hogback Project, 4 miles south of the community, is a broadcast burn planned to cover 650 acres. Smoke will be visible from Fall River Mills, the Burney Basin and from Highway 299, primarily on ignition days. Some smoke may linger for several days after the burn is complete.

The prescribed burn is designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire associated with high fuel loading. It will improve firefighter safety and effectiveness in the event of a wildfire. The burn will also help prevent wildfire damages to natural resources and communities within the Wildland Urban Interface, where homes are near public lands.