FOREST RANCH, Calif. - Don't be alarmed if you see smoke this week over Forest Ranch in Butte County.
California State University, Chico’s Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is partnering with Terra Fuego with support from CAL FIRE to conduct a prescribed burn between Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11, 2020.
The project aims to reduce fuels on about 70 acres, and will provide ecological benefits, lower fire risk on the property, and provide an important experience for CSU, Chico students, and current and future fire professionals.
The project will only move forward if the prescription for a safe and effective operation is met.
The Reserve will be closed during the burn so all resources can stay focused on the project.
They'll be following strict COVID-19 protocols throughout the operation.
This project is funded through the California Climate Investments program, which supports projects including affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and others.
At least 35% of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities and households.
A 68 acre prescribed fire will be taking place over the next three days in the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Expect to see smoke in the area. #prescribefire #controlburn pic.twitter.com/pb59GKBDKp
— CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) December 9, 2020