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Forest Service Fuels Reduction Project to Occur near Verdi


usfs-logo-282x300-5817636-6183217CARSON CITY, Nevada…The Carson Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will conduct an understory prescribed burn to reduce forest fuels in the Dog Valley area near Verdi.  The project will take place near the Summit One, approximately one mile from the Nevada-California state line in Sierra County, starting March 18, weather permitting.  The project area is approximately 28 acres and may take one-to-two days to complete.

“Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris and forest litter, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large fire,” said Steve Howell, District Fuels Specialist.  Benefits of these burns will also improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

Prescribed fire notices have been posted near homes near the project area to inform residents about the prescribed burn activities.  Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke when the burn is occurring.

This project may have some short-term impacts on air quality levels, but air quality levels will comply with all State and Federal air quality regulations.  Any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that would minimize impacts of smoke on communities.  All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan and conform to the Sierra County Air Quality District and the Washoe County Air Quality District standards.

Learn more about this release by contacting Howell at 775-884-8114.

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