The Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District plans to implement a prescribed burn this Wednesday, June 17th. The burn will take place south of Lake Almanor and northeast of Butt Valley Resevoir in an area that was severely burned during the 2012 Chips Fire. The remaining snags have been felled, creating concentrations of woody debris scattered throughout the units.
“This is an area where equipment could not be effectively used to reduce dead and down fuels,” said Forest Service Fuel Technician Eric Kronner, who will manage the burn. “There are many dead trees on the ground, and this burn will reduce that remaining fuel.”
The size of the burn is estimated to be 110 acres and will be highly visible throughout the Almanor Basin, including State Highway 89 and the town of Chester. Depending upon air quality, the burn could take two days to complete.
“We deliberately waited until burn conditions were favorable,” said Kronner. “The drier the fuel, the better, so that smoke emissions are minimized. Now the weather is hot enough and the fuels are dry enough that all the remaining dead trees on the ground will be consumed.”
The Forest Service will replant new trees in the area later this autumn.
Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood for homes, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources. For more information, call (530)257-2151 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lassen.