Prescribed Fire Planned for Bear Basin Near McCall
The Payette National Forest will be applying prescribed fire to the Bear Basin area this spring. This will occur in 3 areas within Bear Basin, and begin approximately in mid-May. Trailheads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and maps showing areas to be burned.
Fire personnel will 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. Residual smoke from stumps and logs may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires will dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.
District Ranger Lisa Klinger explains the importance of prescribed fire in Bear Basin “because it will reduce fuel accumulations and improve the probability of successfully protecting the community from wild land fire. Prescribed fire will also recycle nutrients and improve forest resiliency to wild land fire.” Questions or concerns may be directed to the McCall Ranger District at 634-0400.