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Payette NF Prescribed Fire 2019

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

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See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns.

For detailed information regarding prescribed fires on the Payette, visit our on-line Southwest Idaho Interagency Fuels Treatments Map.

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring. Depending on weather conditions burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees. This will improve our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. These fires also improve wildlife habitat and promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to:
1,500 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area, 8 miles northeast of Council
5,000 acres in the Weasel Fuels reduction project, 15 miles northwest of Council
15 acres on the NIDGS study project, 20 miles northwest of Council

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn:
3,500 acres in the Warm Springs project area, 9 miles southwest of New Meadows
103 acres in the Muddy Squirrel project area, 9 miles northwest of New Meadows
2,059 acres in the Meadows Slope project area, 4 miles northwest of McCall

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to:
2,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area north of Yellow Pine
1,000 acres in the Four Mile project area, along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch


Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map 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. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.


Individuals may call Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows RDs; 347-0336), Laurel Ingram (Krassel RD; 634-0622), or Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser RDs; 549-4228) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.

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Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates44.898 latitude, -116.108 longitude