Cascade Ranger District Plans Fall Prescribed Burning
Cascade, ID – The Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will begin its fall prescribed burning program once weather conditions permit. Additional rainfall is needed prior to commencing. Burning is expected to continue intermittently into the month of November.
District personnel will burn logging created surface fuels to reduce the fire hazard and prepare the sites for reforestation. Plans are to treat:
- Approximately 400 acres of aerial ignited broadcast burning in the Prince John Timber Sale located south and west of Big Creek Summit
- Approximately 50 acres of hand ignition in the Brush Boulder Timber Sale located approximately 9 miles southwest of Cascade
- Approximately 64 acres of hand ignition in the West Mountain North Timber Sale located approximately 22 miles northwest of Cascade
District fire managers also plan to ignite approximately 300 acres of natural fuels on the Golden Antimony Project Block 3, located 1 mile south and east of Yellow Pine, and approximately 1,000 acres on the Rustican Project, located in the Rustican Creek Drainage, approximately29 miles northeast of Cascade. These aerially and hand ignited prescribed fires reduce accumulated natural fuels and improve big game forage species.
In addition, approximately 50 acres of piled slash will be burned in scattered locations across the District.
Burning is done during weather conditions that help disperse smoke in the burn areas away from surrounding communities. Generally, fires will be lit in the morning and early evening hours to take advantage of calm winds and higher humidity’s, which reduces the chance of fires escaping control. Valley bottoms, in the immediate burn areas, may be smoky in the late evening and early morning hours. Signs will be posted on roads in the burn areas to notify Forest travelers that burning is in progress. Efforts will be made to limit burn operations on the weekends and holidays.
For questions concerning these prescribed fires, please call Mark Loseke, Cascade District Fuels Specialist, at 382-7400.