El Dorado Nat. Forest To Burn 169 Acres Northwest Of Kirkwood

El Dorado Nat. Forest To Burn 169 Acres Northwest Of Kirkwood

The El Dorado National Forest will burn 169 acres approximately four miles northwest of Kirkwood next week if weather conditions allow. The burn is part of a multi-year ecological restoration project in partnership with El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC). A total of 8,800 acre will be burned over the next 10-15 years to decrease the risk of wildfire in the Caples Creek Watershed that provides a vital community water supply for 110,000 people in EID’s service area. The area to be burned next week is located on a ridge in the upper watershed near Buck Pasture and Hay Flat. Approximately 40 firefighters will conduct the upcoming prescribed burn using hand ignition within established control lines. Short term smoke is expected and sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by avoiding smoky areas, closing windows, or staying indoors. Drift smoke is not expected to be a factor in Amador County. Details and a map of the burn area are available on the forest service website. 

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