Prescribed burning may start today near La Porte and in Butterfly Valley this weekend

Improving weather conditions are providing an opening for Plumas National Forest firefighters to start prescribed burning activities on the Forest in the coming days.

Approximately 351 acres of pile burning is planned for ignition between today,Thursday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, on the La Porte RX – Grass Flat Project on the north side of Little Grass Valley Reservoir on the Feather River Ranger District, conditions permitting.  Most of the units are located near Forest Road 22N57.

Firefighters plan to start with an 82-acre unit tomorrow, with work continuing through the weekend if the area remains within prescription.

Area residents and visitors planning to recreate 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 in the area 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.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are possible on neighboring forest roads.

Prescribed burning operations may start Saturday, Oct. 7, in Butterfly Valley on the Mount Hough Ranger District, conditions permitting.

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 the operation.

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