CAL FIRE: Prescribed burns planned for Humboldt County through Oct. to reduce fire fuel

Prescribed burns underway during Fire Prevention Week (SBG File)

CAL FIRE officials announced Thursday they've planned multiple prescribed burns in Humboldt County to remove brush and grass in an attempt to reduce fire fuel and enhance plant health.

The burns will take place as conditions allow, between Friday Sept. 14 and Oct. 31, or after seasonal rains diminish ignition attempts, the agency said in a press release.

Multiple burns will occur on 45 acres of the Fleener Creek overlook, as well as 400 acres near Lone Star Junction, 200 acres in Ettersburg and various prairie areas within Redwood State Park.

These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetative management and hazardous fire fuels reduction, CAL FIRE says. This treatment is supposed to help enhance the health of the native plant communities, aid in the control of non-native plant species, protect and enhance prairie habitat for animals and help in the reduction of uncontrolled wildfires.

During these prescribed fire operations, residents may see an increase in fire suppression resource traffic, smoke will be visible and traffic control may be in place. Please be cautious for your own safety and those working on the prescribed burns.

Residents are reminded that outdoor burning is suspended due to the threat of wildfire, CAL FIRE says.

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