BLM plans pile burns in NE California to reduce wildfire risk

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office will conduct prescribed pile burns to reduce hazardous fuels in Lassen County beginning Monday, Oct. 30, and continuing through November when conditions are favorable. Projects will occur only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning.

Project sites are within the Hog Fire burn scar along the Bizz Johnson Trail west of Susanville and near Horse Lake, north of Susanville. The pile burning will take place in accordance with burn plans that specify allowable weather and fuel conditions and the personnel and equipment required. Smoke could be visible from Highway 36 in the Hog Fire burn area, and from Highway 139.

Prescribed pile burns are part of an overall strategy to mitigate wildland fire risk by removing fuels that promote high-intensity fire behavior.

Removing ground litter through burning also increases landscape ecological health by freeing space for new plant growth, nutrient cycling, and insect control.

Project objectives also include enhancing firefighter and public safety, preserving natural resources, and adding security to values within the Wildland Urban Interface.