Controlled burns planned, including for Little Valley area

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - There will be pile burning on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest land in Nevada and California beginning in October and going through May 2018, if weather and fuel conditions allow.

The burn areas include the Little Valley area. A controlled burn there in by the Nevada Division of Forestry was spread by wind and burned 2,291 acres, 23 homes and 17 outbuildings.

The piles are vegetation that has been cut by machine or hand and stacked. It is one type of prescribed burning.

“Piles are generally burned during the wet season to reduce damage to the remaining standing trees, confine the fire to the footprint of the pile, and allow time for the vegetative material to dry out so it produces less overall smoke by burning hot and clean,” the Forest Service said in a statement.

There is also understory burning of vegetation where it grows that leaves trees alone and broadcast burning, which targets everything in a burn area.

The Forest Service said the burns in the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts will be done to minimize pollution.

“Air quality considerations are an important part of prescribed fire, and each fire prescription is planned to disperse smoke rapidly and reduce lingering haze,” Fuels Specialist Steve Howell said in a statement. “Before each prescribed fire is ignited, fire managers will get approval from the local air quality district in which the burn is to take place.”

Here are the places targeted for pile burns:

  • Washoe County: About 102 acres of piles will be burned in the Little Valley Fuels Reduction area near Washoe Valley about 2 miles west of Washoe City and 15 miles south of Reno; About 30 acres of pile burning is planned in the Arrowhawk Fuels Reduction Project area 5 miles west of Reno in the Mount Rose area near Timberline Road in the Thomas Creek and Whites Creek areas. About 140 acres of piles will be burned in the North Washoe Valley Fuels Reduction Project area, 10 miles south of Reno, behind the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory west of Interstate 580.

  • Douglas County: About 95 acres of pile burning is planned in the Clear Creek Fuels Reduction Project area 2 miles south of Carson City. The burning will occur in the Clear Creek drainage off of U.S 50 below Spooner Summit.

  • Alpine County: About 55 acres of pile burning is planned in the Manzanita Fuels Reduction Project, just south of Woodfords on California 88 in Woodfords Canyon.

  • Sierra County: Roughly 220 acres of pile burning is planned in the Dog Valley Fuels Reduction Project area 1 mile west of Verdi near Summit One and along Forest Service Road 010 near Bordertown Casino and RV Resort.

  • Mono County: About 114 acres of pile burning is planned for the Twin Lakes area, 10 miles southeast of Bridgeport. Piles are on the south side of Upper Twin Lake and behind the Mono Village Resort. About 115 acres of pile burning is planned for the Mill Canyon area, 3 miles west of Walker.