Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638
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Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the 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 can also be the most economical means in reducing community risk to wildland fire. Accumulated dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels (fuels occurring between ground fuels and tree crowns) 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.
Signs will be posted on roads and information boards near all prescribed burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.
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|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Coordinates||44.911 latitude, -116.098 longitude|