Weiser Ranger District Plans Early Spring Burning
Weiser, ID – The Weiser Ranger District of the Payette National Forest hopes to conduct some tree well burning and black lining operations in the next couple of weeks in the East Fork Brownlee Creek area between the Forest Roads 044 and 267 as weather conditions allow. There will be some smoke in the area but will be limited due to the small amount of burning planned.
The Weiser Ranger District will conduct a broadcast burn in this same area later this spring. Depending on weather conditions, this prescribed burn could take place anytime from the middle of March to the end of April.
The planned East Fork Brownlee broadcast burn (approx. 300 acres) will take place on the Northern and Western slopes of the East Fork Brownlee Creek Drainage. Highways 71 and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and maps of the prescribed 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 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 Ranger District. This particular prescribed fire will maintain or improve current big game habitat by opening forested stands from which fire has been excluded, resulting in overly-dense understory not conducive to big game foraging. The prescribed fire will also rejuvenate shrubs and grasses, which will improve habitat for 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 introducing a mosaic of fire intensities into this fire-adapted ecosystem.
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 and others may call Christian Ramirez at 208-549-4200 or Eric Platz at 208-630-3443 with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires.