Meadows Slope Prescribed Burn Near McCall Announced

Posted by swidrxfire - May 9, 2012 - Fire Update, News - No Comments

McCall, ID – The McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the vicinity of the Little Ski Hill just West of McCall sometime between now and mid-June.

This planned prescribed burn is part of the Meadows Slope Project that was completed in 2005. The thinning portion of the project has been in progress since 2007 on the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts.  Thinning on the McCall Ranger District in the Bear Basin vicinity was completed in 2011.  The New Meadows District will continue to thin in the vicinity of Rock Flat in the next few years. This spring we hope to burn an 80 acre broadcast burn unit.  Prescribed burning in this area is anticipated to last the next five to seven years until the project hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning goals are met.

This burn unit is adjacent to Highway 55.  The highway and local roads will be posted with caution signs and maps of the prescribed burn locations.  Motorists should exercise caution and watch for stopped vehicles, possible smoke, firefighters, and potential delays on the day of the burn.

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. If at any time smoke impacts fail to stay within certain levels burning will be halted.

Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management on the Payette National Forest, and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the New Meadows Ranger District. This particular prescribed fire will rejuvenate shrubs and grasses, which will improve habitat for browse, upland game birds and small mammals. Reducing fuels that have accumulated as a result of fire suppression over the past 100 years also promotes long-term ecosystem sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire and introduces a mosaic of fire intensities into this fire-adapted ecosystem.

Further information regarding prescribed fire in Southwest Idaho can be found at the following website: http://www.rxfire.com/.

Maps of this planned burn and others can be found in the following publication:

http://www.rxfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012_RX_Fire_Book.pdf .

Smoke sensitive or concerned individuals may call Dave Vining or Rob Morrow at 208-634-0400 with questions they may have about the planned prescribed fire.