Pile Burning on Weiser and Council Ranger Districts
Weiser, ID – The Weiser and Council Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest will be pile burning late this fall and winter. Depending on weather conditions, the pile burning could take place anytime from late-October to late March.
Pile burning in the Weiser Ranger District will be confined to the East Fork Brownlee drainage off of Highway 71. Highway 71 and roads that lead into the burning areas will be posted with caution signs.
Pile burning in the Council Ranger District includes the Middle Fork of the Weiser River drainage near No Business Saddle, Indian creek and Huntley Gulch; the Crooked River drainage and West Mill Creek drainage off FS Road 004 near Crooked River Point; and the lower Bear Creek drainage near Summit Gulch, Calf Pen Gulch, and Wikiup Creek.
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 smoke impacts the Highway 71 corridor the road will be posted with signs and road guards.
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 Weiser and Council Ranger Districts. The piles in these areas vary in size from large landings and machine piles down to hand piles that were generated during fuels treatments.
Ignition operations will occur primarily with drip torches carried by trained agency personnel. At any time, if the prescribed fire is not meeting the goals and objectives of the project, ignitions will stop until proper conditions exist to proceed.
Smoke sensitive individuals may call Christian Ramirez (Fire Management Officer) or Ryan Jones (Assistant Fire Management Officer of Fuels) at 208-549-4200 with any concerns they may have about the planned pile burning. For more information please call Council Ranger District at 208-253-0100 or Weiser Ranger District at 208-549-4200.