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Stanislaus National Forest plans prescribed fire for resource and public benefit on Mi-Wok Ranger District

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SONORA, Calif. — The following is information regarding a prescribed burn on the Stanislaus National Forest.

Prescribed Fire Name / Ranger District: Crandall Underburn, I-Bar Unit 2901, Mi-Wok Ranger District

General and Specific Location: Project area is located along Forest Road 3N24, off Italian Bar Road (Forest Road 2N63) south of Deer Creek. Township 3 North, Range 16 East, Section 29.

Projected Duration: The prescribed burn may begin Feb. 26 and continue through spring as long as conditions allow. Burning is contingent on weather, fuel moisture, and air quality. All burning is monitored and conducted in accordance with state and county air quality guidelines and closely coordinated with local county air quality control districts.

Planned Size of Prescribed Burn: Cumulative total of approximately 140 acres. Burn units may be ignited in blocks throughout the spring. The size of these blocks will vary based on environmental conditions and smoke production.

Type of Prescribed Burn: Underburn

Burn Project Objectives: The goal of this prescribed burn is to enhance public and firefighter safety by maintaining a fuelbreak and further reduce the threat of high-intensity wildfire to protect watershed values and wildlife habitat by creating a mosaic pattern of vegetation.

Public Benefits: Prescribed burning is an effective, cost efficient method of reducing flammable forest fuels, improving firefighting capabilities, and reducing the impacts of large uncontrolled damaging wildland fires.
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