REDDING, Calif. – Teams from the Bureau of Land Management will conduct pile burning projects in Shasta and Siskiyou counties under favorable conditions until December 10. the forest-urban interface, public lands adjacent to community development.
In Shasta County, teams will burn in a hallway stretching from the Oak Knoll Trailhead on Muletown Road to the Placer Trailhead on Placer Road in Redding. The project covers approximately 40 hectares. Crews plan to burn in the 10-acre units each burn day. The smoke will be visible to residents of the West Redding neighborhoods along Placer and Muletown roads and from the Swasey and Mule Ridge trails managed by BLM while the burn is in progress from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In Siskiyou County, crews will burn hand-made batteries along the Hawkinsville-Humbug and Canal Gulch roads about 2 miles north of Yreka. The smoke will be visible to residents of the immediate area during the burning hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This project covers 40 acres, with crews planning to complete 10 acres each burn day.
The BLM burns the stacks in accordance with the burn plans which detail the allowable weather and fuel conditions as well as the crews and equipment required.
Projects like these are part of BLM’s fuel management program across the West that conducts a wide variety of active vegetation management treatments using mechanical, biological and chemical tools and prescribed burns. . The BLM fuel reduction and prescribed burn projects are part of efforts to keep public lands healthy and productive, a goal outlined in the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful initiative.