Forest manages wildland fire use projects

Forest manages wildland fire use projects

9 August 2006

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Porterville, CA, USA — Fire officials continue to monitor three large lightning-caused fires located in backcountry areas of the Sequoia National Forest.

They are working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District regarding smoke emissions.

These fires are being managed as Wildland Fire Use Projects.

WFU is a tool that allows fire officials to manage naturally ignited wildland fires to achieve certain resource benefits, reduce future suppression costs, and to the extent possible, restore natural ecological processes.

This strategy is utilized when there is low risk for people and development but high potential for positive effects by allowing the natural process of fire.

Fire officials will continue to monitor these fires to ensure they burn as expected, smoke concerns are mitigated, fire effects are beneficial to forest ecosystems, and there are no threats to communities or public and firefighter safety.

In the Golden Trout Wilderness, visitors travelling the Summit Trail should expect to encounter firefighters finishing their work on the 2,000-acre Maggie WFU.

This WFU has burned between Maggie Mountain and Sheep Mountain along the Summit Trail.

“Small portions of this fire area will continue to produce smoke and flame until we receive enough rainfall to completely extinguish this fire,” according to WFU Manager Paul Gibbs.

“The trails are open and overnight stay within the fires perimeter is now available, however please use caution around active fire and realize that standing dead trees were likely weakened further by the fire and could fall at any time.”

Also in the Golden Trout Wilderness, the Tamarack WFU has become active again, growing to 384 acres.

It is currently burning in the headwaters of Tamarack Creek.

Expected growth is toward Rifle Creek and Coyote Pass.

At this time the trails are all open, however it may become necessary to close trails 32E02 and 31E10 between Tamarack Creek and Coyote Pass as the fire advances near them.

“We ask that, for their safety, backcountry users not plan to camp overnight in the horse camps at Tamarack and Rifle Creeks” advisesGibbs.


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