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Crews Expected To Burn Up To 3500 Acres At Lake Shasta

A prescribed burn at Lake Shasta that produced a very large smoke plume last weekend will be even larger later this week, if conditions allow. The ongoing Green Mountain Project between the Squaw and Pit Arms of the lake is designed to reduce wildfire danger and improve the habitat for species including Bald Eagles, Shasta Salamanders, Deer, Elk and Turkey. The project has been underway for about 17 years. This past weekend about 2,000 acres was torched and the smoke was seen for many miles around. This Thursday and Friday fire managers are looking to burn as much as 3,500 acres. Some of it will be ignited by hand and some of it by helicopter. Because of the use of aircraft, people are reminded to keep their drones grounded.