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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/28/2023 01:38 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/28/2023 01:38 PM
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Prescribed Fire at Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia, CA..California State Parks plans to burn hand piles in Columbia State Historic Park with work beginning as early as Friday, December 1, 2023. Active pile burning will occur over several months.  Work will be in the Springfield, historic core, and Karen Bakerville Trail areas, referenced on the included map. Ignition is dependent on weather conditions and resources. Smoke will be present and remain in the area after active burning has stopped.

The pile burning part of a prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhancement of the health of the landscape by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Signage will be present at the beginning of roads and trails impacted by the pile burn operations. Please adhere to the signs and stay out of areas during active burning.

The planned work is funded by the State of California through the Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Program (WFRP). WFRP expands on critical land management that California State Parks has been carrying out for decades and supports increasing the pace and scale of fuels treatments so that California’s State Park System can become an example of resilient ecosystems maintained through active stewardship.

Communities near Columbia State Historic Park, including Columbia, Sonora, and Springfield, may experience smoke from the burning operations. Pile burning operations produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The department plans and coordinates these burns with the Tuolumne County Air District to minimize the smoke in 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 department will reschedule the pile burning.



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