Promoting fire-adapted communities and resilient landscapes
The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring. Depending on weather conditions burns could take place anytime from late March to early June. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire. Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest.
The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,000 acres in the Weasel project area (13 miles northwest of Council, and 3,500 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area (5 miles northeast of Council).
The Weiser Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 1,200 acres in the Robinson project area (22 miles north of Weiser).
The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek (13 miles northwest of New Meadows):
103 acres in the Muddy Squirrel project area 9 miles northwest of New Meadows and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area. (3 miles northeast of New Meadows).
The McCall Ranger District plans to burn 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot. (3 miles northwest of McCall).
The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,500 acres within the Bald Hill project area (west and east of Yellow Pine); 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat camp ground (Approximately 18 miles east of McCall); and 70 acres around Krassel Work Center.
Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.
Individuals may contact Dustin Doane (208-630-3103) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall, or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.