Controlled burn in ponderosa pine, eastern Washington (USFWS - Pacific Region, Creative Commons)

From the Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association:

The Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Bear River area today. The burn will be held on a private ranch and will focus on restoring coastal rangelands that have been invaded by coyote brush, blackberry, poison oak, and Douglas fir. A qualified burn boss will lead the burn, local fire departments will provide engines, and landowners and other community members will assist. Weather is favorable for burning, but smoke may be visible from Ferndale, Petrolia, and other nearby areas. This burn is a follow-up to a burn that was successfully conducted on the same ranch three weeks ago.

The Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association is a cooperative group made up of landowners, volunteer fire departments, non-governmental organizations, and other community members who work together to use fire as a tool. There are many prescribed burn associations in other parts of the country, but the Humboldt County PBA is the first of its kind in the West! Projects in the last year have targeted non-native invasive grasses, coyote brush in coastal rangelands, Douglas-fir encroachment in oak woodlands, grasshopper herbivory in a vineyard, and Himalayan blackberry, and more burns are planned for this fall and winter. Prescribed fire is becoming an increasingly important tool for reducing fuels and maintaining healthy ecosystems, and Humboldt County should be proud to be leading the state with this community-based effort. 

The group is open to anyone who is interested in gaining skills in prescribed fire, and any landowners who would like to use prescribed fire on their properties. For more information, or to get involved in the Humboldt County PBA, please contact Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Area Fire Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension, at 707-445-7351 or