The 2017 fire season provided significant firefighting challenges. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the Forest will continue to use prescribed burning as a tool in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and improve resiliency and safety of communities within the wildland urban interface.
Planned projects include burning piles of stacked materials and low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife.
The burns will take place on the Salmon/Scott River, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and Goosenest Ranger Districts between now and June 2018. The actual dates of ignition will depend on local weather and fuel conditions.
All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel, and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.
Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.
Following is a list of prescribed fire projects (with acreage and locations) currently planned for this fall, winter and spring:
Goosenest Ranger District
- Tennant - 653 acres of understory burning approximately one mile east of the community of Tennant. This project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels in order to protect Tennant and other private lands from wildland fires as well as to improve wildlife habitat.
- Lookout - 582 acres of understory burning on and around Lookout Butte, approximately four miles north of Medicine Lake.
- First Creek - 912 acres of understory burning between Goosenest Mountain and Little Deer Mountain, approximately two miles north of Grass Lake.
- Jones -168 acres of understory burning on the lower northeast slope of Goosenest Mountain. This project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels, enhance wildlife habitat, promote Baker Cypress regeneration, and protect adjacent private lands from future wildland fires.
- Pile Burning –Approximately 2,000 acres at various locations throughout the district of piled slash from fuel reduction and vegetation management projects.
For more information contact Fuels Technician Brandon Dethlefs at (530)398-5727
Salmon River Division
- Salmon River Site Preparation (Salmon Salvage and Butler Piles)- 406 acres of understory burning for site preparation in areas burned in the 2013 Forks Complex Fire approximately 3 miles west of Sawyers Bar, CA (Kelly Gulch & Little North Fork areas).
- Sawyers Bar Fuels Reduction- 40 acres of understory burning directly north of Sawyers Bar, CA. Prescribed burns will occur on the south face of Tanner’s peak, in areas not affected by the 2013 or 2014 complex wildfires.
- Petersburg Fuels Reduction- 1,471 acres of understory burning directly southeast of Cecilville.
- Additional Pile Burning- Approximately 1,120 acres in the following areas: Music Creek (400 acres), Whites Gulch (200 acres), Sawyers Bar Road between Whites Gulch and China Creek including Idlewild Campground (100 acres), Six Mile Road (120 acres), Petersburg Pines Project south of Cecilville (150 acres), and in the Butler fire area approximately 3 miles South and East of Forks of Salmon (150 acres).
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Ron McEwen at 530-468-1271.
Scott River Division
- Scott Bar Mountain Underburn- Approximately 1500 acres near Jones Beach and Beauty Flat west of Fort Jones, CA. Re-entry prescribed underburn initiating taking several years to complete
- Jack- 250 acres prescribed burning of logging slash from Jack Conventional and Jack Helicopter timber sales. Areas include Jackson and Grizzly Creek near Camp Eden and 3 Sugar Creek Units on road 41N14 road.
- McBaldy -250 acres of prescribed fire underburning in the Deadwood Baldy Peak area.
- Pile Burning-Approximately 1,200 acres across the Scott River Fire Division: 388 acres along the Scott River WUI, 145 acres in Westside Fire Recovery, 71 acres in the Tennessee Thin and Stradler project, and 93 acres in the Singleton project. 503 acres of landing piles from various locations on the district (Collins ridge, lake mountain, whiskey butte, Singleton Timber Sale)
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Josh Schmalenberger (530) 468-5351.
Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District
- Walker Site Prep – 1700 acres, broadcast, jackpot piles, South of Slinkard Peak. Treatment of post-fire and salvage generated slash for reforestation in a portion of 2014 Happy Camp complex.
- Jackson Peak Underburn – 1900 acres, underburn, north of Slater Butte Lookout, surrounding Jackson Peak.
- Happy Camp Cultural Burns – Four acres, underburn, north of Happy Camp, in and near West Branch Campground.
- Mt Ashland LSR - 600 acres, hand piles, 450 acres landing piles– units are spread from Siskiyou Gap to Four Corners to Beaver Creek Education Center.
- Dutch Dog Unit 5 -100 acres, understory burn (possibly with piles along control lines) - FS Road 40S01/FS Road 12/FS Road 46N42.
- Roadside Pile Burning -Various roadside piles from woodcutters, vegetation management, and road maintenance – a number of acres throughout district.
- Machine Pile Burning – 230 acres, machine piles, in the Doolittle, Sutcliffe and Seider timber sales, and along dozer lines created during the Happy Camp Complex, located throughout the district.
- Additional Hand Pile Burning- Approximately 1000 acres located throughout the District.
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Matt Watson at (530) 465-1520.