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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mount Shasta Herald, Weed Press, Dunsmuir News - Mt. Shasta News - News

Mount Shasta Herald, Weed Press, Dunsmuir News - Mt. Shasta News - News:

Prescribed burn goes as planned in McCloud

By Gene Eagle

Photo of the recent prescribed burn at the former landfill site in McCloud by Gene Eagle

Five large piles of wood at the former landfill site in McCloud were consumed by fire during a scheduled prescribed burn Friday evening.

The burn was conducted by the McCloud Fire Department, in conjunction Mount Shasta Fire Protection District and McCloud CDF.

Twenty firefighters were involved, and a water tender from John Ingram Trucking was used.


McCloud Fire Chief Craig Young said the wood that was burned could be moved to the Mount Shasta transfer center.

“We had five large piles that were about 50 by 50 feet each, with 150 feet clearance around them,” Young said.

The water tender skirted the outer perimeter of the burn area throughout the evening, spraying water onto the wildland area to keep trees, brush and other vegetation wet.



“We also had three firefighters in the brush keeping a lookout for any spot fires that might occur,” said Young.

Over 2,000 feet of hoses lay at the ready around the outside perimeter.

Young reported no problems, saying the humidity was high and the wind never got over two miles per hour.



He said Auto Aid engines from CDF and Mount Shasta Fire Protection District were released at about 11 p.m., leaving three firefighters on watch throughout the night with the portable 4,000 gallon pond, floating pump and hoses in place in case the wind picked up.

“I want to thank McCloud CDF, Mount Shasta Fire District firefighters, Chief Chris Baker, John Ingram and McCloud Community Service District employees for their help getting this burn done safely,” said Chief Young. “It was good training for everyone involved.”

Young encourages anyone interested in joining the McCloud Volunteer Fire Department to call



964-2422.



Over 2,000 feet of hoses lay at the ready around the outside perimeter.

Young reported no problems, saying the humidity was hi"

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