Skies should clear as controlled burns complete
Staff ReportsForest Service fire crews have completed their prescribed burns on Brockway Summit and near Hobart Mills, although some smoke may still linger from the burns, officials said.The Forest Service may start a third smaller burn near Russell Valley this week. Once the Russell Valley burn is completed, two areas near Hobart Mills and some burning of vegetation piles are the only other planned burns forecast for the fall season, said Grace Newell, fuel specialist with the Truckee Ranger District. The Brockway burn cleaned out the underbrush in 115 acres near Highway 267. The Hobart Mills section was 162 acres.Burning two large sections of forest at the same time is not unusual, said Newell, if the conditions are right.”It’s the best of both worlds because when you [have the right wind and weather] you want to take advantage of it,” Newell.The forest service works with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to ensure that air quality levels remain at healthy levels during the burn projects.