December 1, 2021 – On Thursday, December 2nd, Placer County Resource Conservation District (Placer RCD) in coordination with Prometheus Fire Consulting, LLC. will be completing an 11-acre prescribed burn in Iowa Hill. The burn is part of the Prescribed Burning on Private Lands (PBPL) pilot program, a CAL FIRE-funded program to increase the use of prescribed burning on nonindustrial private forestland. This will be the first of a series of prescribed burns that Placer RCD will be coordinating over the next several months. In addition to the case study burns, a White Paper will document challenges to and offer solutions for increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burning throughout the state to improve community wildfire resiliency.
Placer RCD is working with Volcano Creek Logging, Inc. to provide Holding Resources to ensure that the burn remains safe and controlled. Several community members are assisting with the burn and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County has offered tools, radios, and signage to help advertise.
Smoke may be visible on day of the burn, but several mitigation measures have been taken to reduce smoke generation including staggered ignitions and backing and flanking burn patterns. Placer RCD is working closely with the Air District to minimize smoke impacts. All required permits have been secured. Placer RCD remains dedicated to working with multiple agencies and regional organizations to invest in fuels reduction and improve community fire resiliency.
The Placer Resource Conservation District is local, non-regulatory special district. Since 1946 we help people help the land by partnering with people to conserve agriculture and natural resources.