Spring Prescribed Burning Planned on the Cascade Ranger District

Posted by swidrxfire - April 8, 2014 - Fire Update, News - No Comments



CASCADE, Idaho – The Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest plans to start their annual spring prescribed burn program in the upcoming weeks as the winter snow pack recedes in the mountains.

Three prescribed burning operations are planned in the following locations:

  • Golden Antimony Unit 3, 300 acres – Located about 1 to 2 miles south of Yellow Pine in T-19N R-8E sec. 28, 32, 33
  • Golden Antimony Unit 5, 102 acres – Located about ½ to 1 mile south of Yellow Pine in T-19N R-8E sec. 21, 28
  • Crawford East, 50 acres – Located about 6 miles east of Cascade in T-14N R-4E sec. 21

Both Golden Antimony units will be ignited by hand ignition using drip torches and aerially by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground.  The Crawford East prescribed burn will be ignited by hand ignition using drip torches.  The objective of these prescribed burns is to use low severity and moderate intensity fire on 40 to 75 percent of the area.  These low intensity burns reduce small limbs and needles on the forest floor and the volume of small diameter trees that can carry fire to the crowns of larger trees.

Site-specific burn plans have been developed for each prescribed burn to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations.  Signs will be posted on roads and trails to notify travelers when burning is in progress.

All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities and residents.  Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.  Those who are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Cascade Ranger District office, as soon as possible.

For more information contact Jim Bishop at the Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400 or at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website atwww.rxfire.com or at the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.