Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
McCall, ID 83638
The Payette National Forest is targeting the areas of Bald Hill and Four Mile Creek on the Krassel Ranger District, Lost Creek/Boulder Creek, Brundage (Bear Basin and Meadows Slope) and Rapid River on the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts and Weiser River and Mill Creek on the Council Ranger District for prescribed fire in 2018. These areas are identified as potential prescribed fire areas; however, because prescribed fire is dependent on specific weather and resource conditions, all targeted acres may not be achieved this year.
Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. It is intended to create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires, restore or enhance wildlife habitat, improve forest and grassland resiliency, increase seral tree species, improve water carrying capacity in our soils and recycle nutrients. Fire is the greatest change agent in our forest and grassland systems. These systems have evolved with fire and must have fire to remain resilient and productive.
Fire managers strive to minimize impacts from prescribed fire to local communities. However, smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these crucial efforts. Forests need the frequent, low-intensity fires to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. During the planning process, fire managers work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to preserve air quality. Plans for prescribed burns contain a set of parameters that define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire may be ignited. These conditions are continuously monitored by fire personnel through the treatment process.
The "Announcements" tab on this page will be updated weekly with information on prescribed fire activity for that week.
Signs will be posted on roads and information boards near all prescribed burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress. If you have questions about the prescribed burns in your area or about the prescribed burning program please call:
Council Ranger District: 208-257-0100
Krassel Ranger District: 208-634-0600
New Meadows or McCall Ranger District at 208-347-0300
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