Fall Prescribed Burning on the Payette National Forest

Posted by swidrxfire - September 24, 2013 - Fire Update, News - No Comments

McCall, Idaho – The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires (broadcast and pile burning) this fall.  Depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from late September to early December.

“Fire is one of the most important natural agents of change in our forested ecosystems,” said Keith Lannom, Payette National Forest Supervisor.  “Prescribed fires reduce fuels near communities, as well as improve current big game habitat by opening timber stands and rejuvenating browse.”  Reducing accumulated fuels through the use of prescribed fire promotes long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk to communities and wildlife habitat from high-severity wildland fire.

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to 2,500 acres in the Crooked River area, east of the Council-Cuprum Road and west of Cottonwood Creek (18 miles northwest of Council); and 600 acres between Summit Gulch and Calf Pen Gulch (20 miles northwest of Council). Approximately 300 acres of piles (hand, machine, and landings) will be burned near the communities of Cuprum and Stage Stop.

The Krassel Ranger District plans to burn 40 acres along the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River (4 miles west of Yellow Pine), and scattered hand piles in the areas of Krassel Guard Station, Reed Ranch Airstrip, Big Creek Ranger Station, Lick Creek Trailhead, and Chamberlain Guard Station.

The McCall Ranger District plans to burn 50 acres of hand piles within and adjacent to Bear Basin (4 miles northwest of McCall).

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to underburn 750 acres in the Partridge Creek drainage (10 miles southeast of Riggins); 1,300 acres in the Warm Springs drainage (10 miles north of Council); and 100 acres immediately northeast of Lost Valley Reservoir.  Approximately 200 acres of hand piles would be burned near the communities of Rock Flats, Meadows, and Timber Ridge Subdivision, and thirty landing piles upslope of Timber Ridge.


The Weiser Ranger District plans to burn only miscellaneous hand piles around administrative sites.


Trail heads and roads that lead into these prescribed burning areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the 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 the effects of smoke.  Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires will dissipate 2 days after ignition.

Smoke sensitive individuals and interested members of the public may call the Forest Service for more information about the planned prescribed fires.

  • Weiser Ranger District: 208-549-4200
  • Council Ranger District: 208-253-0100
  • Krassel Ranger District: 208-634-0600
  • McCall Ranger District: 208-634-0400
  • New Meadows Ranger District: 208-347-0300