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Six Rivers National Forest to do prescribed burns through winter

NORTH COAST- If you see smoke in several areas of Six Rivers National Forest over the fall and winter, forest officials say it is most likely because of prescribed burns.

The burns are intended to reduce the amount of hazardous wildfire fuel in the forest, such as brush and other debris.  Almost 570 acres in the Smith River National Recreation Area-Gasquet District, 500 acres in the Orleans/Ukonom Districts, 80 acres in the Lower Trinity District and 190 acres in the Mad River District are scheduled for burns.  The dates depend on weather conditions and have not been set at this time.  Burns typically last from one to three days, depending on the size and atmospheric conditions.  Forest officials still say to contact authorities if you see smoke because fire season is not over and the smoke could be from a wildfire.