Update on Plumas National Forest burning activity

Update: Due to predicted winds this afternoon, firefighters have decided not to proceed with ignitions today on the Big Hill Project near Cromberg. Firefighters will still be in the area working on mop-up and patrol, as well as prepping units for burning.  Winds are expected to be better tomorrow and ignitions are expected to resume Sunday, conditions permitting.

Original story: On the Feather River Ranger District yesterday, firefighters on the Plumas National Forest continued prescribed burning operations on the La Porte RX – Little Grass Project, successfully treating approximately 167 acres.

Today, firefighters will be focused on mop-up and patrol and will continue monitoring the approximately 405 acres treated since ignitions started Thursday morning on the north and east sides of Little Grass Valley Reservoir.

Smoke seen from Big Hill burn.

The trail along the lake between Pancake Beach Day Use Area and Black Rock Campground is still closed.  While roads remain open, recreating public is asked to continue to avoid the area this weekend, 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.

On the Beckwourth Ranger District, firefighters accomplished 67 acres of prescribed burning on the Big Hill Project near Cromberg by the end of the day yesterday, with good fire effects.

Burn as part of the Little Grass project. Photos submitted

Today, with a similar weather pattern predicted, the plan is to treat approximately 70 acres on the Big Hill Project, still near Cromberg.  If conditions remain favorable, ignitions may continue Sunday.

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

Also sharing photos from both prescribed burns yesterday.  File names include date and location.  Views include smoke, fire on the landscape and firefighters working on these critical fuel reduction projects.