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From a Monday Six Rivers National Forest news release:

The Pacific Southwest Region, which includes the Six Rivers National Forest, is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with COVID-19 effects; and to ensure our emergency response resources were putting into place proper procedures to mitigate COVID-19 risks.

“We have accomplished a lot of important fuels-reduction projects this year with our partners to protect communities and reduce the risks of catastrophic wildland fires,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of communities and firefighters during this global and national emergency, and will also conduct prescribed fire where feasible as an important tool to protect communities and natural resources as we prepare for the upcoming peak fire season.”

Prescribed fire is an important tool in the protection of communities and forests from large-scale wildfire. Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is our priority.

“We’re currently evaluating all of our projects and monitoring conditions on the ground to see if we have a window to do any prescribed burning,” said Josh Mathiesen, fire management officer for the Six Rivers National Forest. “Before burning was halted in mid-March, we were busy, burning 388 acres on 12 different projects. These were mostly piles on the Orleans Ranger District where we burned 268 acres of piles.”

For more information about prescribed burning on the Six Rivers National Forest, contact Josh Mathiesen at (530) 949-5294.

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