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Spring prescribed burning planned on NP-Clear NF

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns throughout the forest this spring as weather allows. Roads and trail heads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed fire locations. 

Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to two weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires will dissipate in 1-2 days.

The objective for these units would be to reduce residual fuel loadings created as a result of the commercial harvest operations.

The following burn projects are associated with past timber harvests.

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District – 316 acres are planned: White White Timber Sale - 300 acres, one mile southeast of Musselshell Work Center; Saddle Camp Timber Sale – 16 acres, along Forest Service road 5601.

Moose Creek Ranger District – 350-400 acres are planned: Iron Mountain Timber Sale – 350-400 acres, 10 miles south of the Fenn Ranger Station along Forest Service road 464.

North Fork Ranger District – 75 acres are planned: Middle Bugs Timber Sale – 75 acres in the Lean-to-Ridge area.

Red River Ranger District – 630 acres are planned: French Gulch Timber Sale – 93 acres, 5 miles southeast of Elk City; Trapper John Timber Sale – 152 acres, 12 miles south of Elk City; Jungle Trail Timber Sale – 216 acres, 10 miles southeast of Elk City; South Township Timber Sale – 169 acres along the south border of the Elk City Township.

Salmon River Ranger District – 331 acres are planned: Buckshot Timber Sale – 162 acres located in the Slate Creek Drainage approximately 10 miles Northwest of Slate Creek; Moonshine Timber Sale – 103 acres, located along FSR 9315 and 9316 in Little Slate Creek drainage approximately 12 miles southeast of Slate Creek; Millertime Timber Sale – 66 acres, located along FSR 9413 and in the Little Slate Creek and Van Buren Creek drainages.

In addition to activity associated with timber harvest, the Salmon River Ranger District plans to burn 2,000-4,000 acres of natural fuels in the Kessler, Blue Mountain, Monument, Wickiup, Blue Ridge, and Blacktail drainage areas.

Specific information on the location and timing of prescribed burns are available at each of the district offices. Call 983-1950.


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