Photo by Julie Martin, BLM.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. May 6, 2019 –  The Bureau of Land Management wildland fire crews plan to burn piles of tree limbs and brush starting this week on roughly 350 acres in the Inimim Forest, east of North Columbia in Nevada County, depending on weather and air quality conditions.

The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. Wildland fire crews will burn piles on the 272-acre Shields Camp parcel and the 74-acre Bear Tree parcel. The burn piles were created when the BLM had shaded fuel breaks cut, when crews carefully thinned dense hazardous tree cover and removed underlying brush in strategic locations. The burn will reduce the available fire fuel loads, increase protection of the Wildland-Urban Interface and help improve forest health. The piles consist of brush, chaparral, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, black oak, madrone and manzanita tree limbs.

Partnerships are vital to managing sustainable, working public lands. The prescribed burn is expected to take about a month and is being done as a joint effort between the BLM, CalFire and the Yuba Watershed Institute.

The public is advised to use caution when driving on Lake City/Shields Camp Road and be prepared to stop for fire vehicles. Smoke may be visible in North Columbia, Lake City and North Bloomfield.

The Inimim Forest is nearly 2,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands intermingled with private property on the San Juan Ridge, a 30-mile long narrow ridge ranging from about 2,500 to 3,800 feet elevation between the South and Middle Yuba rivers.

One less spark means one less wildfire. To learn how to help prevent wildland fire, visit For more information, please call the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.