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2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:20
Malheur National Forest fire officials are monitoring conditions on the Forest and preparing to implement the fall prescribed fire program. Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, refer to the planned and controlled use of fire by a team of highly skilled fire managers under specific conditions. During the spring and early summer months, the Forest has a number of planning units, ranging in size from 150 acres up to 4000 acres, scheduled for prescribed fire operations. Prescribed fires are conducted within specific parameters including temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind speed. Implementation is dependent upon these and other necessary conditions. Should conditions allow, crews may start operations on some smaller units as early as Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2018-19 (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:15
See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns. As temperatures drop and the first precipitation of the season arrives, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is conducting its fall, winter and spring prescribed fire projects. “The 2018 fire season has provided significant firefighting challenges for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, our partners and cooperators. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the forest will continue to use tools such as prescribed burning in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems and improve safety of communities within the wildland urban interface,” explained Forest Fire Management Officer Ben Newburn. Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the forest from October through June 2019. Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned projects include burn piles and...

Kaibab NF South Zone Rx Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:32
Due to the higher snow and precipitation levels that were received across northern Arizona this past winter, conditions have presented ideal opportunities to implement prescribed burns in the spring months of the year. Prescribed fire is one of the many tools used to accomplish multiple forest restoration objectives. It is also beneficial as a practical method to reduce risks associated with uncharacteristic wildfires that can pose significant threats to public health and safety. On the Williams Ranger District, crews are hopeful to finish the final 5200 acres of the Sunflower project which began in 2017. The area to be treated is located approximately 10 miles southeast of Williams between County Road 73 and Whitehorse Lake. A helicopter may be used to assist with aerial ignitions on this project and up to 1000 acres a day could potentially be ignited. On the Tusayan Ranger District managers will continue working on the Reed Prescribed Fire project and will be looking to burn...

Boise NF Prescribed Fire 2018 (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:29
Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable spring weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat. Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in March and continue through June. Approximately 2,500 acres are planned for ignition in 10 project areas within the Boise National Forest. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 18:08
April 20, 2019, Update: Firefighters successfully burned 500 acres of the Pingree Hill portion of the Elkhorn-Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn today. Thanks to the Alpine Hotshots and the Colorado Department of Transportation for their support. Smoke and small flames may continue to be visible and firefighters will be monitoring. Tomorrow, firefighters will monitor the burn and precipitation is expected around noon.The Elkhorn - Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located in the Poudre Canyon. Firefighters burned portions of Pingree Hill in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. No burning has taken place yet on Elkhorn. The Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn is located northeast of Rustic at the intersection of Highway 14 and Pingree Hill road, south of Kelly Flats Road and is 1,913 acres. The Elkhorn Prescribed Burn is located approximately two miles northwest of Rustic, south of Sevenmile Road, above the Arrowhead Visitor Center and is 2,191 acres.Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of...

Payette NF Prescribed Fire, 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:15
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 Council5,000 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...

Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:54
The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns to maintain, restore or improve early successional habitat, maintain wetlands, restore unique barrens ecosystems, and regenerate oak and hickory. Prescribed burns also reduce fuel loads, thereby lowering the risk of wildfire impacts. Due to the overly moist and cold conditions last fall, many planned burns had to be postponed until this spring. Approximately 20 prescribed burns are planned for the following counties: Jackson, Martin, Orange, Perry and Crawford. The sizes of the areas to be burned vary, with the largest unit being 1,120 acres. Specific recreation sites that will be affected include: Fork Ridge Trails, Mogan Ridge Trails (both east and west), portions of Oriole Trail (east of Ind. 66), Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area (the access road to Indian Lake and the south section of Two Lakes Loop Trail). U.S. Forest Service fire managers work closely with the National Weather Service to determine the best days to...

Wallowa-Whitman Spring Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:15
As warmer and drier weather takes hold in Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is ready to begin spring prescribed burning to reduce hazardous fuels on up to 10,000 acres of the National Forest. National Forest managers have been successfully conducting prescribed burning operations for fuel reduction for more than 35 years, and in the last five years, the forest has increased prescribed burning by 20 percent. Because fire seasons are getting longer and hotter, using prescribed fire during cooler months is increasingly important to reduce the risk of large and destructive wildfires during the hotter months. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, prescribed fire also improves overall forest health and resilience to insects and diseases, and enhances habitat for elk, deer, and other wildlife. “By getting good fire back into the forest, we’re protecting communities while restoring and sustaining the land,” forest Fuels Program Manager Steve Hawkins said. “We...

San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 15:30
In an effort to reduce the risk from high-severity wildfire, fire managers on the San Juan National Forest are increasing the use of prescribed fire. In 2019, we anticipate treating up to 15,000 acres with prescribed fire, 20,000 acres in 2020. Fire can be effectively and efficiently used to reduce fire hazard, and gain ecological and other management benefits. The Forest is separated into three Ranger Districts. Listed below, and identified on attached maps are proposed prescribed burning projects for 2019, this information will be updated as conditions change and work is accomplished.PAGOSA RANGER DISTRICT - Burning operations will take place over several days beginning mid-April. Work may continue through June depending on weather and fuel conditions. Burn units are located in the following areas northwest of town; adjacent to Turkey Springs (FSR Road 629), East Monument (FSR 630), Brockover (FSR 919) and Newt Jack roads (FSR 923). These burn units are within the Brockover I & II,...

Thomas Mountain Rx (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 17:01
Crews are continuing to hold, monitor and staff the project. No new ignitions are currently scheduled, but prescribed fire already on the ground continues to consume ground litter, such as duff, leaves and needles, and may continue to send smoke into the air from time to time. 440 acres have been treated so far. This broadcast prescribed burn project is within a 1,074-acre unit on Thomas Mountain, south of Garner Valley, which is southeast of Idyllwild. The goal is to accomplish burning between 30 and 70 percent of the unit. The project is part of a larger effort to create defensible space between neighborhoods and wildland areas and perform ecological restoration in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Slash Pile Burning 2018/2019 (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:52
As winter conditions settle in across Colorado's Northern Front Range, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects across the area. Hand piles are a result of using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations. Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions. Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will...

Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:23
PLEASE USE CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING THROUGH PRESCRIBED BURN AREAS.Work is being carried out in and around parked fire equipment. Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priorityHazardous Fuel Reduction projects are scheduled this winter/spring on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest, as well as various lower elevation burning near communities around Isabella Lake.Per John Lange, Fuels Battalion: Yesterday (3/28/19) was the last day that burn operations will be conducted on the Boundary RX - Greenhorn Mountains/Alta Sierra. There will be residual smoke and the area will be in patrol status through the weekend. (3/29 - 3/31). Fire Management personnel have been conducting prescribed pile burning on Greenhorn Mountains, this week, and plans are to continue, at least, through the end of March.The piles are along Highway 155, west of the Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station, including below Slick Rock to the sand shed off...

Big Mountain Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:29
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 833 acres of national forest land in the Big Mountain area, west and southwest of Cherry Grove in Pendleton County. The Forest Service burned here in 2018 and will conduct a series of burns in this area for the next several years. Why do we burn? Reintroducing fire into the forest will: Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insectsReduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before...

Brushy Mt GrouseMgmtArea Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:24
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 491 acres of national forest land in the Brushy Mountain project area, near Mapledale in Greenbrier County. Why do we burn? Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insectsReduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and other equipment, roads, trails, and natural...

Rendija Rx (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 11:07
Grants, NM – The National Park Service at El Malpais National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management’s El Malpais National Conservation Area plan to conduct a prescribed fire on the west side of the monument near the junction of County Road 42 and the Big Tubes turn-off. The Rendija prescribed fire is approximately 1,500 acres. The prescribed fire may begin as early as late-April through the end of May. The exact dates will be dependent on weather and fuel conditions.The prescribed fire is expected to last three to five days with smoke present for several days. Firefighters plan to use handheld and aerial ignitions. The Big Tubes Road (NPS 300 Road) will be closed during the burn phase and, if conditions warrant, a pilot car may be used along County Road 42. Please slow down, turn your headlights on, and watch for firefighters working along the road when traveling in this area.The primary objective of this prescribed fire is to improve forest health by reducing the build-up of...

Ramshorn Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:15
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 1,055 acres of national forest land in the Ramshorn project area, about five miles southeast of Green Bank in Pocahontas County. Why do we burn? Reintroducing fire will: Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insectsReduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and...

Spring/Summer Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:49
The FY2019 goal is to treat 38,000 acres of forest with mechanical thinning and prescribed fire. The forest is well on its way to the goal with he FWPP thinning and CWPP fire treatments which have already occurred, but there is still a lot of work to accomplish. Planned fire ignitions will be listed here throughout the spring and summer (if it is possible this

SBNF Storm Damage (Flood)

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 22:45
The rainstorm of Feb. 14, 2019, caused extensive damage to Forest Service roads across the national forest, which covers the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains, as well as as the eastern slice of the San Gabriels. Damage was also caused to permitted state routes maintained by Caltrans. An incident response team has been created and is working to assess the damage and prioritize repairs. New (3/28/19): Interactive map showing the location and nature of known damage across the forest. As more damage is reported, the map will be updated. Note: Because damage is throughout the forest, the location marked on the InciWeb map is set to the forest headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.

Cheat Summit Fort Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 19:08
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 9 acres of national forest land at Cheat Summit Fort, west of Huttonsville in Randolph County. Why do we burn? This 9-acre prescribed burn will help to control grasses and other vegetation, and enhance interpretive opportunities at historic earthworks that date from the Civil War. The area was last burned in 2013. Prescribed fire is one tool that forest managers use to reduce vegetation and nonnative invasive species. How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is...

Middle Mountain Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 19:08
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 411 acres of national forest land in the Middle Mountain project area, south of Huntersville in Pocahontas County. Why do we burn? Reintroducing fire into the forest will: Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insects Reduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and...