Whiskeytown National Recreation Area plans to ignite burn piles within the next
several weeks. The park will take advantage of cooler weather conditions to treat the
piles created by fuels reduction projects. The burning of piles is a critical part of the
process to create defensible space around park facilities and reduce the amount of fuel
loading within project areas.
“We will be using fire this winter to help eliminate the buildup of fuels within
Whiskeytown,” says park superintendent Josh Hoines. “Fire is a tool we can use for
good when we plan and use it appropriately.”
Piles intended for burning are all associated with hazardous fuel reduction projects
and post-Carr Fire cleanup. The pile burning is designed to protect park infrastructure
and minimize intensity of unwanted wildfires. These piles have cured over the last
several years, making them ideal for burning. The location of the piles is near park
headquarters and road/trail systems throughout the national recreation area.
For more information visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm or contact Jake Akerberg (Fire Management Officer) at (530) 242-3443 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.