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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/23/2018 07:40 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/23/2018 07:40 AM
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Reminder if You Smell Smoke, Calaveras Big Trees State Park Prescribed Burns Going on Now

Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) have begun prescribed burns that started Monday, October 22 in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 302 acres this fall (see map below.) All 302 acres were previously thinned, reducing the fuel loading, and allowing for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grants from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California.

These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhancing the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Through forest thinning and reduction of fire fuels, an ecologically healthy forest system can be maintained. Additional benefits of this prescribed burn include protection for the North Grove of giant sequoias and the Big Trees Village subdivision.

Pile burning will also take place throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons within the North and South Groves, and along the Big Trees Village and Blue Lake Springs park boundaries.

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than a wildfire does. The prescribed burns are planned and coordinated with the Calaveras County Air District in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burns will be rescheduled.

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines, Blue Lake Spring and Arnold may experience smoke from the burning operations. California State Parks is working with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control Districts to limit impacts to smoke sensitive areas

Some public trails and dirt roads near the burn area will be closed to public access during prescribed burn operations including the Walter W. Smith Parkway and East Moran Road. Please obey all closure signs.

Questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program can be directed to Senior Environmental Scientist Heather Reith at (209) 795-5928.


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Posted on: 2018-10-23 08:43:43   By: Anonymous
Does anybody know why helicopters were needed for water yesterday during this controlled burn. Some social media has a rumor that it got a bit out of control. Does anybody know if that's true or is that just a rumor?

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    Posted on: 2018-10-23 08:59:40   By: Anonymous
    it is not a rumor it did get out of control and there was a 1 acre slop over outside of their intended control lines. thus the need for the copter, extra engines and crews.

    if your face is in your smart phone all day go download and install a free scanner app and stay informed. the apps are free and hooking into the proper channels is just as easy.

    do not depend on the social media groups or outlets for your news. stay informed and educate yourself.

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      Re: Stink
      Posted on: 2018-10-23 10:12:21   By: Anonymous
      Smells like devil weed , damn pot growers

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        Re: Stink
        Posted on: 2018-10-23 11:56:57   By: Anonymous
        I think it was a Russian helocopter

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          Re: Stink
          Posted on: 2018-10-23 12:40:12   By: Anonymous
          Send Mills and one of his infamous strike teams.

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Should tomatoes
Posted on: 2018-10-23 13:59:34   By: Anonymous
be illegal in clam chowder?

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