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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/16/2019 09:37 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/16/2019 09:39 AM
Expires: 10/16/2029 12:00 AM

Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning to begin a series of prescribed burns beginning on or around the week of October 21, 2019 through the end of November in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 382 acres this fall (see maps below). Ignitions are expected to occur when weather conditions are favorable and adequate resources are available. Some of the units have been previously thinned to reduce the fuel loading, which allows for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California.

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These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhance 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 prescribed fire, an ecologically healthy forest system can be restored and maintained. Additional benefits of these prescribed burns include protection for the Big Trees developments (Visitors Center, campground, etc.), and the North Grove of giant sequoias.

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

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The burns are planned and coordinated with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Districts 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.

Both Highway 4 and the Walter W. Smith Parkway will remain open but may experience delays due to smoke and other hazards. The Parkway may experience short-term closures prior to the end of season closure. Some public campsites and dirt roads near the burn areas will be closed to public access during prescribed burn operations including the East and West Moran Roads, East and West 5000 Foot Roads, as well as the South Rim Road. Please obey all warning signs.

For questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program, contact Jackie Olavarria at (209) 984-8703.

Event occurs on 10/21/2019 from All Day to .

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Posted on: 2019-10-16 09:52:44   By: Anonymous
Cal Fire please wait until we have winds of 30 mph.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-16 09:57:04   By: Anonymous
    Hope it doesn't end up like the last prescribe burn at the park. the trees haven't gotten over the last one along highway 4.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-16 10:01:14   By: Anonymous
      Hope the clown for Cal Fire that did the last prescribe burn is not in charge on this one !

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        Posted on: 2019-10-16 10:26:12   By: Anonymous
        Gavin promoted this guy head cheese he's working in Sacramento.

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          Posted on: 2019-10-16 11:55:12   By: Anonymous
          You mean both the last 2 burns in the park that turned into wildfires? Not ok.

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Posted on: 2019-10-16 10:30:50   By: Anonymous
Hopefully this one won't get out of control like the last controlled burn near the park that burned the trees right next to Highway 4!

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    Posted on: 2019-10-16 10:53:52   By: Anonymous
    Wood + Flame = Fire

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    Re: burnt trees
    Posted on: 2019-10-17 08:16:43   By: Anonymous
    Thought I was the only one depressed about the burnt trees :( If the trees are truly dead, does this not cause more harm than good? Does this not provide more fuel for a posible future wild fire? As I have never experienced the after effects of a controled burn, I just don't know. In the years to come, I will find out. I just figure they must know what they are doing?? or do they just like the thrill of burning stuff??

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-16 16:47:55   By: Anonymous
PG&E knows a lot about control burns....

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Posted on: 2019-10-16 18:44:10   By: Anonymous
So goes the rest of the park, the hiway 4 burnout killed 80% of the healthy trees along the hiway, way to go to the FIREMAN who lit this off, oh well the Libtards don't complain, 20 yrs. ago they would have chained themselves to trees, today, all they can think of is Impeaching the GREATEST PRESIDENT IN MY LIFETIME! PERIOD

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    Posted on: 2019-10-16 20:38:00   By: Anonymous
    80% huh??? Where did get that #?? Out of your a$$??
    That Rx burn went as planned. You all know nothing about prescribed burns. So what if a few trees got burned. I have a cabin in Dorrington and the protection we get from these burns far outweighs a bunch of trees getting singed.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-17 08:25:32   By: Anonymous
      If the trees are now dead, this causes more fuel for a future fire. More fuel than what they eliminated, putting my life and cabin in greater risk.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-17 11:28:35   By: Anonymous
      Selfish fool, only caring about some cabin you have that should not be there in the first place. Meanwhile, lower elevation residents have to prepare for the wildlife (those that survive) that will be coming down due to their winter homes and food supply being burnt up.

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        Posted on: 2019-10-18 14:11:02   By: Anonymous
        You must be a freakin democrat. Cabin should not be here - screw you. I am a retired Silicon Valley flatlander. My cabin is not a winter home, as I am a happy, lazy, full-time resident. hahaha

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        Re: /\/\ wildlife coming down
        Posted on: 2019-10-21 06:04:55   By: Anonymous
        Wildlife will still come down in the winter anyway. It's called survival and looking for warmer climes for them and their young.

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      Re: /\/\ have a cabin in Dorrington
      Posted on: 2019-10-17 16:51:07   By: Anonymous
      Yes I agree on that! My late folks also had a cabin in Dorrington and still standing after almost 50 years!

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    Posted on: 2019-10-16 20:53:27   By: Anonymous
    "GREATEST PRESIDENT IN MY LIFETIME"? Huh? Go back to the trailer park and banging your sister.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-17 07:18:04   By: Anonymous
      A few trees got burned, you're ass hurts..

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      Posted on: 2019-11-06 16:21:16   By: Anonymous
      Haha. Love it.

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