Pile burning planned in Lakes Basin, paused at Bucks Lake

Firefighters on the Plumas National Forest Beckwourth Ranger District are planning to burn approximately 70 acres of piles in Lakes Basin today, Thursday, Oct. 26, conditions permitting.

The piles are located between Elwell Lodge and Gold Lake Lodge.  Ignitions are planned to start around 9:30 a.m.  Plans are for ignitions to be completed today, but may continue Friday.

The current weather forecast is predicting winds which are expected to keep smoke within Lakes Basin and not impact local communities.

Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Graeagle and Blairsden.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are possible on neighboring forest roads and the Gold Lake Highway.

If weather conditions become unfavorable, including increased or gusty winds in the area, burning will stop until conditions improve.  Firefighters will be monitoring conditions throughout operations.

Due to weather and fuel conditions, plans to burn approximately 25 acres of piles near Bucks Lake on the Mont Hough Ranger District today were cancelled.  Firefighters on the district will continue to monitor conditions for areas in prescription, including the piles at Bucks Lake.

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