Lassen Volcanic National Park braces for prescribed burn – Red Bluff Daily News
Lassen Volcanic National Park will use the forecasted precipitation to complete the prescribed burn in the park.
“These prescribed burns are part of a decades-long fire management program to reduce the intensity and severity of future forest fires in the park,” said Mike Klimek, fire management manager. “The fall weather favors prescribed burns of low to moderate severity. Research shows that this type of treatment results in forests that recover with better forest health and are more resistant to severe fires. “
The prescribed burn is planned on approximately 225 acres (G & F units) southwest of the Lake Manzanita Campground. This is part of the multi-year Northwest Gateway (NWG) Forest Restoration Project and involves the reintroduction of fire into units that were previously treated by mechanical thinning. Learn more about the NWG project at nps.gov/lavo/learn/management/nwg.htm.
Firefighters will also burn piles in the following locations, conditions permitting: Mineral Headquarters, Summertown (north of Manzanita Lake), Summit Lake Ranger Station, Hat Creek Road, Lost Creek Helispot, Horseshoe Cabin, Juniper area Lake and along Butte Lake Road.
Smoke from prescribed burns can be visible inside and outside the park. Current fire activity will be posted at go.nps.gov/lavo/fire. Air quality information, including particulate (PM2.5) measurements at Lake Manzanita and minerals, is available at go.nps.gov/lavo/airq.