Those seeing smoke northeast of Weaverville this week should be aware that the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Trinity River Management Unit is conducting a prescribed burn to reduce fuel concentrations there. According to a release from the US Department of Agriculture, the burn will take place on National Forest System lands in the area of Musser Hill, off Highway 3, near Weaverville.
“Project initiation dates are dependent upon several factors, including, but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions,” the report said. “Should it become necessary, the project ignition start date may be delayed until later in the year for more favorable conditions. Fire managers will be working with Air Quality Management Districts to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.”
The burn is likely to create smoke that will be visible from areas in and around Weaverville, and the project is likely to take up to two days to complete. USDA officials say up to 96 acres will be burned.
“The objective of these projects is to return fire into the ecosystem to help restore health to the forest,” the report said.” Additionally, firefighters are creating areas where we can more effectively engage and suppress wildfires with the intent of protecting communities and public.”
Those seeing heavy smoke in other areas of the county should still call 911.