Fall Burning on McCall, New Meadows and Krassel Districts
McCall, ID – The Payette National Forest will be burning hand piles and landing piles across the New Meadows, McCall, and Krassel Ranger Districts. Pile burning will occur in Warm Springs, Boulder Creek, Rock Flats, and Bear Basin. Miscellaneous small pile burns (less than 5 acres) will occur near Krassel Work Center, Paddy Flats, Price Valley Guard Station, and Secesh Meadows. Depending on weather conditions, burning may take place this November or December. If conditions permit, some understory burning among ponderosa pine communities may occur on the New Meadows Ranger District.
Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to insure 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 become an issue, fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to one week following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires will dissipate one day after ignition. Please visit the following link to view the prescribed fire operations within your area,http://www.smokemu.org/map.cfm.
These ignitions will reduce accumulated fuels and promote long-term ecosystem sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.
Smoke sensitive individuals may call Dave Vining (208-347-0300) or Tom Bates (208-634-0600) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires among the three Districts. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management on the Payette National Forest, and part of the comprehensive fire management program of the Forest.