Fall Weather Allows for Pile Burning at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park plans to hand ignite burn piles as cool and wet weather begin to dominate the forecast. The park will take advantage of the changing weather conditions to complete the final phase of fuels reduction projects throughout the park when enough precipitation has fallen to prevent flames from spreading beyond pile areas. “The burning of piles is a critical part of the process to protect park facilities and improve the safety for park visitors,” stated Superintendent Jim Richardson.

Piles are generally constructed by hand into a teepee shape with finer fuels in the center and larger fuels towards the outside. This helps fire fighters ignite the piles even after some precipitation has fallen and contribute to better pile consumption. Piles intended for burning are all associated with hazardous fuel reduction projects designed to protect park infrastructure and minimize intensity from unwanted wildfires. These piles have cured over the last several years which makes them ideal for burning and will contribute to almost complete consumption.

Numerous piles have been constructed as the result of fuels reduction projects throughout the park. This season emphasis will be placed on Manzanita and Juniper Lake areas.

For more information, and specific information regarding pile burn locations please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact the park at (530) 595-4480 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

-from press release
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