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Prescribed fire planned on Grindstone District

Mendocino National Forest fire managers plan to implement the 70-acre Alder Springs prescribed fire on the Grindstone Ranger District on Wednesday, Feb. 14th. If favorable conditions continue, crews plan to burn the 350-acre Grindstone Glade project on Thursday.

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 12:38 PM

Mendocino National Forest fire managers plan to implement the 70-acre Alder Springs prescribed fire on the Grindstone Ranger District on Wednesday, Feb. 14th. If favorable conditions continue, crews plan to burn the 350-acre Grindstone Glade project on Thursday.

Both prescribed fires are broadcast burns located northwest of Elk Creek.

Broadcast burning is when fire is applied generally to most or all of an area within well-defined boundaries to help remove hazardous fuels and reduce the potential for future severe wildfires.

The ignition of all projects is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, favorable weather, conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible, and California Air Resources Board approval.

During operations on these prescribed fires, smoke may be noticeable from Interstate 5 but is not expected to affect communities.

Burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation. 

Fire crews implement, monitor, and patrol each project to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined in the prescribed burn plans.

For more information about the Forest, please call 530-934-3316. 

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