Prescribed burning continues today near La Porte; starts today near Cromberg

Firefighters on the Plumas National Forest will be continuing prescribed burning operations today, conditions permitting.

On the Feather River Ranger District yesterday, firefighters successfully treated approximately 238 acres of the La Porte RX – Grass Flat Project on the north side of Little Grass Valley Reservoir.

Plumas National Forest firefighter at work near Little Grass Valley Lake. Photos submitted

Today operations are shifting to the east side of the lake for prescribed burning on approximately 167 acres.  These units are in the same project area, are near Forest Road 22N57 and border private property.

The trail along the lake between Pancake Beach Day Use Area and Black Rock Campground is closed.  While roads remain open, recreating public is asked to avoid the area, including Black Rock and Horse Camp campgrounds, as well as Maidu Boat Ramp and Day Use Area.

Wyandotte Campground and Tooms Boat Ramp are still open through this weekend.

Plumas National Forest firefighters at work.

On the Beckwourth Ranger District, firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burning operations on 67 acres near Cromberg in the Big Hill Project area.  Additional ignitions may take place Saturday, conditions permitting.

For both prescribed burns, area residents and visitors in the area should be prepared for increased firefighter traffic and smoke.  Visibility on roads in the project areas may be reduced, especially early in the morning and late evening as smoke settles.  Drivers should use caution.

Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including La Porte and American House on the Feather River Ranger District, and Cromberg, Sloat, Greenhorn Ranch, Quincy, Blairsden and Portola on the Beckwourth Ranger District.

Short duration, minor smoke impacts are possible on neighboring forest roads, as well as on Highway 70.

“We appreciate the understanding, cooperation and patience of our area residents and visitors as we work on critical fuel reduction to help protect our communities from the risk of wildfire,” said Forest Fuels Officer Ryan Bauer.  “The work happening today on two ranger districts is part of community protection efforts in and around the Plumas National Forest.”

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.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.