Six Rivers National Forest will soon be conducting its fall prescribed burns in the Gasquet Ranger District.
Citing good weather conditions and reduced fire danger, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District announced Wednesday that potential windows have opened for prescribed burn projects by local government agencies. However, Six Rivers Public Information Officer Bridget Litton said a date for the burns in Gasquet hasn’t been set yet.
The forest plans to burn 59 acres in the Gasquet Ranger District, according to a National Forest Service press release. This includes understory burning on 28 acres in the Gordon Hill project area off French Hill Road near Gasquet, according to the release, and 15 acres in the Mvs-yee-se’-ne or Pappas Flat project area near Forest Service Road 17N49.
Six Rivers National Forest staff will also conduct pile burning on 15 acres within the Elk Camp Ridge project northeast of Gasquet as well as a 1-acre pile administrative site burn in Gasquet. Smoke may be visible from the community off U.S. 199, but should not affect travel on the highway.
According to the press release, forest staff considers weather and environmental factors including fuel moisture, humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction and smoke column dispersal and direction before initiating any prescribed burn.
The forest also works with the National Weather Service and North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District to maintain compliance with state and federal burning regulations.
Most coastal areas in Del Norte and Humboldt counties should see no impacts from the prescribed burn projects and are expected to have good air quality, according to the Air Quality Management District. Areas near the burn areas are forecast to be moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups or unhealthy depending on conditions and fire proximity.
In Gasquet, beginning Thursday, air quality is forecast to be good to moderate with brief periods of unhealthy for sensitive groups depending on conditions, according to the press release.
Other prescribed burns are planned for the Bald Hills area of Redwood National Park, on U.S. Forest Service land in the Orleans and Mad River areas and near Orleans and Siskiyou County, according to the press release.