Cascade Ranger District Plans Spring Prescribed Fire Operations
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURNING PLANNED ON THE CASCADE RANGER DISTRICT
CASCADE, Idaho – The Boise National Forest Cascade Ranger District plans to start their annual spring prescribed burn program in mid-March and continue it through May, 2015 weather and fuel conditions permitting.
Three prescribed burn operations are planned at the following locations:
Crawford East, 68 acres – Located in Township (T) 14N, Range (R) 4E, Section 21
This burn will be hand ignited using drip torches and it is located adjacent to the Crawford Administrative Site near Cascade. The burn objective is to introduce low severity and moderate intensity fire on 40 to 70 percent of the area. That will help to reduce the accumulation of pine needle duff and dead woody material on the ground, and to reduce lower tree limbs and some of the smaller dense trees that have developed due to a lack of periodic fire occurrence.
Horsethief, 360 acres – Located in T-14N, R-5E, Sections 16, 20, and 21
The Horsethief Restoration Burn will use both helicopter aerial ignitions along with hand ignition. The resource objectives are to implement prescribed fire throughout 50 to 75 percent of the proposed burn area with a similar goal of the Crawford burn. Meeting the objectives also reduces the potential of an intense ground surface wildfire.
Golden Antimony, 300 Acres – Located in T-19N, R-8E Sections 28, 32, and 33
The Golden Antimony burn in the vicinity of Yellow Pine will use both helicopter aerial ignition and hand ignition. The resource objectives are to implement prescribed fire throughout 40 percent to 70 percent of the proposed burn area. The burn will be designed to reduce the down ground level branches in the 3 inch size by 30-50 percent to reduce the fuel available that could feed an intense summer wildfire in this Wildland Urban Interface.
Site-specific burn plans are developed for the prescribed burns to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations. Signs will be posted on roads and trails near the burn areas to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours. Those who feel they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Cascade Ranger District office as soon as possible.
For more information on this spring’s burning program, contact Jim Bishop at the Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400, or visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com, or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.