Cascade Ranger District Plans Fall Prescribed Burns
The Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to conduct two prescribed burns beginning next week plus multiple slash pile burns.
The Crawford Aspen prescribed burn is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 20, if weather permits. Located four miles northeast of Cascade off of Warm Lake Highway, this burn will involve a seven acre Aspen stand that is being encroached by ponderosa pines in order to improve the health of the Aspens. The burn will be hand-ignited.
Signs will be posted on Eagles Nest Trail and along Warm Lake Highway to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal and short-lived. However, some smoke may settle in the lower elevations around Eagles Nest Trail after midnight.
The second burn on the Cascade Ranger District is the Horsethief prescribed burn, located one mile east of Horsethief Reservoir off Forest Road 433. Approximately 360 acres are planned to burn using a combination of hand and aerial ignitions. This is a restoration burn in an effort to reduce dead and downed trees and other surface fuels to restore the area to better health. This burn is weather dependent, and no date has been scheduled yet. More information will be provided when it is scheduled.
Signs will be posted on Warm Lake Highway and Forest Road 433 when burning is in progress.
When burning does occur, smoke may be present around Horsethief Reservoir and possibly near Scott’s Meadow.
As part of the Westside Restoration Project, multiple piles of slash that have been hand gathered across 60 acres will be burned over time. The project is located along Forest Road 422 along the west side of Cascade Reservoir. The piles will be burned until consumed or until snow falls.