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Forest Service to Begin Pile Burning around the Area

By ThisIsReno

forest_serviceCARSON CITY, Nevada Eight project areas have been scheduled for pile burning on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for the following locations as soon as a weather conditions allow:

North Washoe:  behind the Chocolate Nugget and off Mount Rose Highway to the south of the highway, 5,600 acres, elevation ranges from 5,400 to 7,000 feet, and around 82 acres.

Clear Creek:  along the old Clear Creek Highway and Spooner Summit, 12,190 acres, elevation ranges from 5,400 to 7,000 feet, and around 88 acres.

Scotts Lake Fuels Reduction:  82 acres, elevation ranges from 7,100 to 8,000 feet, and around 79 acres.

Peavine Fuels Reduction:   42 acres, elevation ranges from 6,000 to 6,800 feet, and around 41 acres.

Dog Valley:  16,000 acres, elevation ranges from 5,200 to 7,000 feet, and around 38 acres.

Markleeville:  1,200 acres, elevation ranges from 5,500 to 6,500 feet, and around 40 acres.

Arrowhawk:  Jones Creek, Whites Creek and Thomas Creek areas, 7,500 acres, elevation ranges from 5,900 to 7,200 feet, and around 187 acres.

Jobs Peak:  behind Jobs Peak Ranch Estates, 500 acres, elevation ranges from 5,100 to 5,500 feet, and around 10 acres.

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

Fire personnel are currently monitoring weather conditions to identify optimal timeframes for effective prescribed burning conditions.  Prescribed burn notices have been posted near residences near the project area notifying them about the upcoming prescribed burn.  Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke when the burns are 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 location’s respective county’s and state’s Air Quality District.

Visitors are encouraged to stay out of the area due to prescribed burning activities and equipment working near the burn.  Residents can expect to see and smell smoke during the burning activities.  Learn more about this release by contacting Howell at 775-884-8114.