Carson Ranger District pile burning in Hope Valley starting Monday
October 20, 2011
To reduce forest fuels, the Carson Ranger District will begin pile burning near Highway 88 in Hope Valley, just west of Woodfords and on the west side of Peavine Mountain in Washoe County near Bordertown, starting Monday through the end of the year, weather and fuel conditions permitting.
“Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large fire,” said Steve Howell, District Fuels Specialist. Benefits of these burns will also improve forest health and wildlife habitat.
Weather conditions are being monitored to identify suitable timeframes for effective pile burning conditions. Prescribed fire notices have been posted near project area residences regarding these upcoming pile burns.
Visitors and residents can expect to see and smell smoke when the burns are occurring: but this will only be short-term. Any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that would minimize impacts of smoke on communities.
All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan and conform to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District in Alpine County and the Washoe County Air Quality District in Washoe County.
Learn more about this release by contacting Howell at 884-8114.