Weiser Area Spring Burns Coming Up

Posted by swidrxfire - April 21, 2011 - News - No Comments

Weiser, ID – The Weiser Ranger District of the Payette National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the East Fork Brownlee/Seid Creek area later this spring.  Depending on weather conditions, the burn could take place anytime from now to mid-May.

The East Fork Brownlee planned burn area (approx. 600 acres) is on the Southern and Western slopes of the East Fork Brownlee Drainage & a portion of Seid Creek off Highway 71.  Highway 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 introduces 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 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 Monte Hurd or Christian Ramirez at 208-549-4200 with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires.