REDDING, Calif. – Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are planning a prescribed burn for Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area north of Red Bluff.
Burning will take place only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning. The prescribed burn will cover about 160 acres in the Paynes Creek Wetlands area about a mile northeast of the community of Bend, and about six miles northeast of Red Bluff.
The primary objective of the prescribed fire is to improve habitat for waterfowl and other species by removing dead grasses, overgrown cattails, and overgrown tule plants. Removing the dead and overgrown plants will also reduce the risk of wildland fire and improve the scenery in the wetland area that is popular for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and other recreation.
The BLM says broadcast burns are low-intensity, carefully managed fires ignited to achieve specific resource objectives.
The Paynes Creek Wetlands area is within the 19,750-acre Sacramento River Bend Area of Critical
Environmental Concern that the BLM manages as an Outstanding Natural Area.
Located along the Pacific Flyway, the wetlands within the Sacramento River Bend provide important habitat for neotropical migratory bird species that breed in the Northern Hemisphere and then winter in the warmer climates of Central and South America, according to the BLM. The area also provides a habitat for native upland birds and mammals.