Prescribed burns at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park Fire Management personnel plan to initiate a 65-acre prescribed fire in the Manzanita Lake area, continuing the work of the multi-year Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration project. Ignition is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 1, unless weather conditions necessitate ignition the previous or following day.

While there is potential for localized smoke for two to three days, and up to two weeks, impacts are expected to be minimal.

The fire will be regularly staffed by Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest fire personnel and monitored until declared out. The prescribed fire will take place in the Northwest Gateway Zone 1, which is in the northwest corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park, near the campgrounds, administrative buildings, and park staff residences. The planned ignition area is adjacent to the main park entrance road near the junction of Highway 44.

Additional closures are not expected but may be necessary. Visitors are encouraged to check the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo for possible closure information prior to making plans to visit the Manzanita Lake area. Precipitation is expected soon after this burn. Once significant precipitation has occurred, fire management personnel intend to ignite piled fuels that resulted from thinning projects throughout the park.

Fuel reduction through thinning and prescribed fire treatments help to produce more fire resistant and resilient fuel profiles by reducing overall stand density, ladder fuels, and surface fuels.

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