Firefighters for the Forest Service will soon be wrapping up the last 100-plus acre prescribed burn designed to improve brush, grasses and other vegetation used for food by deer and other wildlife in the Mt. Hough State Game Refuge in the Plumas National Forest. The California Deer Association, Mule Deer Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife also were partners in the project. The burn is scheduled for sometime next week pending weather conditions.
“Fire gets rid of dense, tough, older vegetation and causes plants to sprout which provide access to tender, more nutritious food,” said Mike Donald, a Mt. Hough District Ranger.
Donald also stated the area will also be more “fire-safe” should a wildfire start below or within the treated area.
The Forest Service indicated the burn will be very visible in the Quincy Area (American Valley) and possibly visible from farther distances including Indian Valley. Firefighters have already circled the burn area with control lines using existing roads and building lines where needed.
Personnel will also be monitoring local weather conditions and work closely with the local air district to prevent serious smoke impacts, although minor impacts may be observed in Quincy and Indian Valley in the morning or evening hours due to air inversions.
For more information, contact Colin Dillingham, District Wildlife Biologist, or Steve Causemaker, District Fuels Officer, at (530) 383-0555. A map of the project is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas.