CARSON CITY — The U.S. Forest Service is getting ready to implement a planned understory burn in Dog Valley, about 10 miles northwest of Reno in Sierra County, Calif. This burn may be implemented in the next few weeks as weather conditions permit.
“Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large scale fire,” district fuels specialist Steve Howell said.
Approximately 150 acres of understory vegetation will be treated this spring using Forest Service hand crews and engines. Careful consideration is given to determine when to apply fire in a controlled manner and restore fire to the ecosystem.
“Location to urban areas is one factor that we use to determine if we use prescribed fire or mechanical means to remove brush, small trees, or other forest fuels,” said Genny Wilson, Carson District ranger. “Benefits of this burn will also improve forest health and wildlife habitat.”
Fire staff is monitoring weather conditions to identify timeframes that would be safe and suitable for effective prescribed burning of brush and understory vegetation. Notices of the planned burn, have been posted near residences in proximity of the project area.
Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke and may experience delays in travel when the burns occur.
Air quality levels will comply with all state and federal air quality regulations, officials said. Any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that would minimize impacts of smoke to communities. All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan and conform to the Northern Sierra and Washoe County Air Quality standards.
For more information, contact Howell at 884-8114, go online at www.fs.usda.gov/htnf or follow on Twitter @HumboldtToiyabe.