Clear Creek burning to take place soon |

Clear Creek burning to take place soon

Staff reports

Roughly 95 acres of pile burning is planned in the Clear Creek Fuels Reduction Project area in northern Douglas County. The burning will occur in the Clear Creek drainage off of Highway 50 below Spooner Summit.

Approximately 185 acres of pile burning is planned for the Mill Canyon area, three miles west of Walker, Calif.

Approximately 53 acres of pile burning is planned in the Manzanita Fuels Reduction Project, just south of Woodfords, on Highway 88 in Woodfords Canyon.

As part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction efforts, both Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts’ fire crews will conduct pile burning beginning in November 2018 through May 2019, weather and fuel conditions permitting.

The actual days of ignition for pile burning will depend on several factors including appropriate humidity levels, wind speed and direction, temperature, and fuel moisture. Burns only occur on days when weather conditions exist for smoke dispersal. The public can get prescribed burn updates by visiting the Forest’s Twitter ( or Facebook ( pages. Fire crews divide large landscape burns into blocks of land over multiple days. This allows them to halt burning activity within those areas if anything is out of the pre-established prescription conditions, such as too much wind. Crews can start again when conditions are more acceptable. Fire managers create a burn plan, which includes smoke management details, fire control measures, acceptable weather parameters, and equipment and personnel needs. The burn plan also describes in detail how the ecosystem will benefit from fire.

Do not call 911 about burning. Local fire departments are aware of these burning activities. For information call Fuels Specialist Steve Howell at 775-884-8114.