SPRING PRESCRIBED FIRE ON THE NORTH ZONE OF THE SALMON-CHALLIS NF
Incident: NZ Prescribed Fire 2017 Prescribed Fire
NORTH FORK, IDAHO –The North Fork Ranger District plans to implement the Crone Gulch (60 acres) and the early phases of the Lick Creek Units 1 & 2 (200-500 acres) prescribed fire this spring. The Crone Gulch project is located approximately two (2) miles north of Gibbonsville and the Lick Creek project is within one-half to two (½-2) miles south of Gibbonsville.Hand ignition will be used to achieve objectives. The purpose of both projects is to improve timber stand resilience and wildlife habitat by reducing fuel loading within fine fuels and large woody debris. Additionally, these projects will reduce the wildland fire threat to local residents, the infrastructure of the local community of Gibbonsville, and enhances the safety to wildfire responders when implementing suppression action. For the Lick Creek project, the early phases of the project will reduce the accumulation of fine fuels and needles cast around the tree trunks, which will limit tree mortality during landscape scale prescribed fire and wildfire activities. Both projects are supported through the National Fire Plan (2000), Healthy Forest Initiatives (2004), Healthy Forests Restoration Act (2004), and the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (2014). These projects are planned for implementation from April through June 30 of this year. Prescribed fire activity is highly weather dependent. Rain and showers are currently predicted over the next few weeks, but there may be some small windows where conditions will meet ecosystem objectives, so implementation could take place. . Smoke will be seen from the local community, Gibbonsville, and along Highway 93. Smoke may also be visible for several days after implementation due to fuel loading and weather conditions. Please use caution in these areas during burning operations and observe any posted signs in the area. The presence of smoke may be as far south as Salmon and as far north as Moose Creek Estates. During implementation, expect additional Forest Service employees within the community at your local stores, hotels, and restaurants.
For more information, please call Wade McPhetridge, Zone Fuels Planner or Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2700.
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