Prescribed Burns Planned Near Lassen Peak

Don’t be alarmed if you see columns of smoke rising from Lassen National Volcanic Park today. They’re controlled burns the park is setting before the seasonal rains arrive.

Three fires will be set in the Crescent Prescribed Fire Project, an area of heavy fuels between Manzanita Creek and Chaos Crags. Different sections of the area have been burned over the past several years, but more still needs to be done, park officials said.

The area to be burned in the three fires totals 1,847 acres. The burns are expected to last two days.

For more info, click here and look in the “Management” section.

  • Change in the Weather: Speaking of rain, we’re supposed to see some in Redding this week. We’ve got another sunny Sunday, high around 81, but a storm system moves into the area on Monday, when the high will be only 70 and there’s a 20 percent chance of rain. Tuesday should be the most blustery day, with a high of 62, and Wednesday will be wet and only a little warmer, as the system departs. By Friday, we’re back in the 80s, and next weekend is forecast to be beautiful.
  • I don’t want to name any names, but somebody spent way too much time watching college football on Saturday. This person even missed ArtHop because he was pinned to the sofa by Florida’s win over LSU. Surely, this person wouldn’t waste this lovely Sunday indoors, watching the NFL. Yeah, right. Go Niners!
  • Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, when three experts discuss the ways humans and animals manage waste. The lecture is at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theater at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Cost is $3 for Turtle Bay members and $5 for non-members. Turtle Bay currently is showing the traveling exhibit, “The Scoop on Poop.” For more info, click here.
  • Also on Thursday, local businesses are sponsoring Damsels in Distress, an informative session aimed at helping women cope with tough economic times. The 5:30 p.m. event will be at the Market Street Promenade, Suite 104. There will be refreshments, a raffle and info on fashion, health and wellness, and finances. Seating is limited. Call 241-3400.

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Steve Brewer

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