The Chips fire, which burned 75,000 acres primarily on the Plumas and Lassen national forests, will be the focus of a public tour Saturday to review the impacts of the burn and discuss restoration activities and timeframes.
Lassen Forest officials will meet at 9 a.m. at the Almanor Ranger District Office to answer questions before leading a tour of the forest areas affected by the fire, which started July 29 and was fully contained Aug. 31.
Among the issues is removal of trees along roads within the fire perimeter that U.S. Forest Service officials consider dangerous, said Heidi Perry McCourt, a Lassen Forest spokeswoman.
A field tour will start at noon to review the guidelines for marking hazard trees along roads affected by the Chips fire. The guidelines are also available at http:// www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_ DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5394576. pdf.
Some restoration activities have already begun, said Lee Anne Schramel-Taylor, a Plumas Forest spokeswoman.
A rehabilitation team assessed the Chips fire in September while some areas were still burning.
Their focus was vegetation and soil loss, protection of water quality and endangered species, she said.
The tour is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. at the Almanor Ranger Station, 900 E. Highway 36 in Chester.
Participants should be prepared to carpool in high-clearance vehicles.
McCourt asked people interested in participating to contact Blair Halbrooks at the Almanor Ranger District office by calling (530) 258-2141 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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