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Payette Prescribed Fire, Fall 2018

Unit Information

Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St.
McCall, ID 83638

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Incident Contact

Brian Harris
Phone: 208-634-0784

The Payette National Forest burned more than 3,700 acres over twelve days this fall. Although pile and landing burning will continue throughout into the winter months, large scale landscape burns are complete for 2018. For information on specific burns, please see the Links below.

Prescribed burning on the Payette 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 Montana/Idaho Airshed Group and Idaho DEQ to preserve air quality. The agencies work cooperatively to prevent adverse smoke impacts while using fire to accomplish land management objectives. In addition, appropriate conditions must be met prior to ignition, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates44.911 latitude, -116.098 longitude

Current Situation

Size3,732 Acres