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IPNF Prescribed Fire 2019

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Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Prescribed fire is an important component of the USDA Forest Service’s natural resource management program on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF). It is intended to reduce hazardous fuels, create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires, benefit wildlife habitat, recycle nutrients, and increase forest resiliency while trending toward desired species composition. 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. Prescribed fire can also be the most economical means to reduce community risk to wildland fire. Accumulated dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels (vegetation that facilitates the transition of fire from the forest floor to the canopy) will be reduced within prescribed burn areas, making future fire suppression efforts safer. Healthy forests provide a safer environment for wildland firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

Fire managers strive to minimize impacts from prescribed fire to local communities. However, smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these crucial efforts. 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. The agencies work cooperatively to prevent 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.


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Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates47.731 latitude, -116.734 longitude