Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Salmon, ID, ID 83467
NORTH FORK, IDAHO - The North Fork Ranger District is preparing to begin implementation of the Lick Creek Tree Well Prescribed Fire Project near Gibbonsville in the next couple weeks. The District anticipates tree well burning will occur on approximately 4,780 acres utilizing local Forest personnel.
This prescribed fire project is located in Lemhi County, 10 miles North of North Fork, ID and 3 miles South of Gibbonsville, ID on the east side of Highway 93 and north/south of Forest Road 076(Lick Creek Road). Implementation could start as early as March 17th, 2017 and will continue as weather allows through early May. Smoke will likely be visible for several weeks in the project area. During this time Highway 93, forest roads in the vicinity, and the community in and around Gibsonville will also experience smoke impacts from the prescribed fire.
The primary objective of tree well burning is to gradually reduce the accumulation of needles and other debris at the base of large trees. This will help promote deeper tree rooting and resistance to fire in the future. The project will also help promote Forest resiliency by reducing the potential effects from wildfire while helping to restore conditions in a fire-adaptive ecosystems. This project will also reduce the hazards to wildland firefighters while responding to future fires in the area, it will improve the ability of firefighters to safely suppress fires, and increases ability of fire personnel to successfully protect communities within wildland-urban interface areas like Gibbonsville and North Fork.
Prescribed fire operations will occur when weather conditions will help disperse smoke as much as possible. Signs will be posted in the burn areas to notify visitors that burning is in progress.
If you have any questions regarding this project you may contact Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2731.
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