Park Service Is Burning 225 Acres Near Whiskeytown Lake

Smoke that will be seen just west of Redding Friday is from a prescribed fire being conducted by the National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The burn area will cover 224 acres on the mountain above Old Shasta and Kennedy Memorial Drive at the east end of the lake. It’s part of an ongoing 600 acre understory thinning project. Very little of the park was unaffected by the Carr Fire and officials are trying to manage the re-growth in a safe and ecologically sound manner. The Forest Service and Cal-Fire will also likely take advantage of the prime conditions for pile burning prior to the rains forecast for the weekend.