As of Tuesday, March 29, 2016
State and federal land management agencies have set burning projects into spring to address such issues as fire hazard reduction and environmental benefits.
Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will be burning logging slash from the Selway Salvage Sale the end of March through April, depending on weather conditions. Slash is the tree limbs and treetops that remain after logging. Burning will also help prepare the ground for seedling planting in the fall. Forty thousand new trees will be planted, and natural regeneration will also occur.
Aerial ignition methods will be used to reduce the slash loading. Fire lines have been constructed for containment and fire engines will patrol near adjacent homes.
Last summer’s Selway Salvage took place on 167 state endowment acres, burned by the Johnson Bar Fire in 2014.
Multiple prescribed burns will be conducted throughout the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests this spring.
Burns on the Red River Ranger District will be to reduce residual fuel loadings created as a result of commercial harvest operations. These will be conducted within a six- to eight-mile radius of Elk City on the following: Looney 2 Timber Sale (20 acres), 66 Timber Sale (136 acres) and Blanco Timber Sale (100 acres).
The Salmon River Ranger District plans to prescribe burn up to 200 acres of Ponderosa Pine plantations near McComas Meadows and Blacktail Butte this spring. The district plans to broadcast burn approximately 200 to 300 acres of activity fuels in the Buckshot, Moonshine and Ruby Timber Sale and Black Sheep Salvage Sale areas; and also burn 2,000-4,000 acres of natural fuels in the Kessler, Blue Mountain, Monument and Wickiup drainage areas.
Objectives of these burns are to reduce natural fuel loadings and reduce adverse impacts of an unwanted wildland fire and create higher quality and greater quantity of grass, forbe and brush browse for animals. Travel on some road systems in the vicinity of these projects may be temporarily restricted during prescribed burning operations.
The Lochsa Ranger District plans to broadcast burn, up to 175 acres north of the communities of Syringa and Lowell, in the Bridge Creek-Big Hill areas. Objectives for these prescribed burns would be to reduce hazardous fuels within the Wildland-Urban Interface and improve forest health. The district also plans on burning up to 150 acres in the Higgins Hump and Cedar Knob areas. Objectives are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and to create plantable spots for regeneration activities.
The Moose Creek Ranger District plans to burn approximately seven acres of slash piles, associated with the Johnson Bar Fire.