Responding to concerns about the large volume of smoke, the Forest Service Thursday confirmed that they were burning about 2,000 acres at Lake Shasta as part of the Green Mountain Vegetation Management Project between the Pit River and Sulanharas Creek Arms of the lake. At midday officials said everything was going as planned, but residents from Bella Vista to Cottonwood complained about the heavy smoke lingering around their homes. It should clear up Friday and Saturday. The mild fire season and the cool moist weather have made ideal conditions for prescribed burning.
Forest Service crews burned 50 acres of brush and downed materials Thursday in the Weaverville Community Forest, and they plan to burn another 91 acres Friday.
On Monday and Tuesday Cal-Fire will burn 21 acres on the north shore of Lake Siskiyou just west of Mount Shasta City.
There’s also widespread pile burning planned for the Klamath, Six Rivers and Lassen National Forests.