Prescribed Fire Near Lakehead
Incident: Shf Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire
U.S. Forest Service ● Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
14225 Holiday Road Redding CA 96003 ● Voice (530) 275-1587 ● Web: www.fs.usda.gov/stnf
Contact: Andrea Capps (530) 242-5546
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prescribed Fire near Lakehead
Shasta Lake Calif. October 27 2013 - Between October 28-30 2013 the Shasta Lake Unit of the National Recreation Area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest may be conducting a prescribed fire to remove understory fuels on National Forest System lands in the Sugarloaf area of Lakehead. The project site is located along the southern Sugarloaf access road between Charlie Creek and Doney Creek. The prescribed fire will create smoke that will be visible from many areas of Lakehead community Shasta Lake and along Interstate 5. Implementation is planned to take approximately 4-6 hours but smoke may continue to be visible through the following few days.
The project’s expected initiation dates are dependent upon several factors including but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Fire Managers will be evaluating conditions to ensure compliance with policy and utilization of best management practices. Fire Managers will be working with the Air Quality Management Board to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.
Fire Managers intend to implement approximately 250 acres of prescribed fire. This will be achieved by conducting prescribed fire on smaller segments over multiple days. This is done to create a mosaic effect on the landscape manage air quality compliance and utilize conditions that suggest best achievement of objectives.
This project is part of the Lakehead Community Fuels Reduction Project and is the latest component of a multiple entry plan to treat the landscape neighboring Lakehead and Sugarloaf areas west of Interstate 5. The area covered by the prescribed fire will create a landscape with a reduced amount of ladder fuels and dead vegetation making fire suppression efforts easier. Once treated the site will provide a safer place for firefighters to work and better opportunities to control fires because of reduced fire behavior. Prescribed fire is also an integral part of a fire adapted ecosystem which promotes future forest health and habitat.
For more information please contact Jason Fallon at the Shasta Lake Ranger Station (530) 275-1587.