PRESS RELEASE: Prescribed Fire on Beale AFB Oct. 29, 2021

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  • By 9th RW Public Affairs
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

Approximately four acres of prescribed burning is scheduled for October 29, 2021, from 12:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. on Beale Air Force Base near the EOD range and the Heavy Range.

The intention of this prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous and flammable fuels around Miller Dam and Upper Blackwelder Dam and improve rangeland by reducing invasive and noxious weed species.

Prescribed burn operations will begin when areas are within prescriptive levels that meet the objectives of the prescribed fire plan. The Air Force will only initiate the burns with favorable weather conditions including humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction and moisture in the vegetation. Fire crews conduct small test fires before igniting the larger area to verify how effectively vegetation (fuels) will be consumed to ensure the burn and smoke management objectives can be met.

Beale’s Air Quality Manager and Wildland Fire & Fuels Specialist work diligently with the Feather River Air Quality Management District to minimize smoke impacts to the residents and surrounding communities.

During active firing operations, fire personnel and vehicles working in these vicinities will be visible to the public. Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with heightened caution when passing through active project areas.

For questions regarding the planned prescribed burn, call 9RW Public Affairs at (530) 634-8887.