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BLM Planning Prescribed Burns in Lassen, Modoc and Shasta

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Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management will conduct several prescribed burning projects in Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties in California and in Washoe County, Nevada during fall and early winter. Projects will be ignited only when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke management.

Alturas Field Office crews plan to begin a juniper thinning and burning project in the Hayden Hill area, about 50 miles north of Susanville. The burns, designed to improve habitat for sage-grouse, will be conducted within a 500-acre project area.

In the coming weeks, the Alturas Field Office plans to burn piles of brush and limbs near Cassel in eastern Shasta County. The piles were created during construction of a shaded fuel break west of the community. The slash piles are within a 33-acre project area.

A pile burning project is also planned for the Ash Valley area of northern Lassen County. The piles were created during timber sale and biomass projects, including work conducted in cooperation with the Lassen Fire Safe Council.

The BLM Surprise Field Office, Cedarville, plans on burning 599 acres of slash approximately 2.5 miles south of Fort Bidwell, Calif.

Slash burning is also planned for the winter months in the Home Camp Allotment, Devine Springs Campground area and Tuledad Allotment, all on Nevada lands southeast of Cedarville. These prescribed fires are designed to improve landscape health and habitat for sage-grouse, elk, mule deer and antelope.

Additional information is available from Casey Boespflug at the BLM Surprise Field Office, (530) 279-1228.

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