Cooler temperatures and a forecast for rain means controlled burn season begins this week in Northern California.
Smoke will be seen for many miles as the Forest Service burns 1300 acres at Lake Shasta over the next couple of days. Prescribed low-intensity underbrush burning resumes Monday on the long-term “Green Mountain Vegetation Management Project” between the Pit River and Squaw Creek arms of the lake. The burn is intended to clear dead material to allow a fresh growth cycle and new grasses, which attract deer, elk and wild turkeys. That’s why the federal project is partially funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wild Turkey Foundation.
Park Service officials will start with the higher elevations at Whiskeytown, beginning this week with a 215 acre burn near the western boundary of the park in the Upper Crystal Creek Drainage. Lower elevation control burns will be done after some more rain soaks in.