As of Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns throughout the forest this fall as weather allows. Fire managers considered smoke effects from the long-duration fire season and prescribed burning will focus on reducing fuels that have been piled and create spring planting areas for reforestation.
According to an agency release, burn projects are associated with past timber harvests. The general objective for these units would be to reduce residual fuel loadings created as a result of the commercial harvest operations. These burns will generally be shorter duration and more localized in nature. Acres planned are designated by harvest units and not all acres planned will be burned. Many of the planned unit acres are hand piles only. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire, and most of the smoke will dissipate in 1-2 days.
Lochsa Ranger Station – 280 acres are planned:
White White Timber Sale - 181 acres,1 mile southeast of Musselshell Work Center along Forest Service road 5026
Dead Canyon Timber Sale – 99 acres, in the Cedar Knob area along Forest Service road 5542
North Fork Ranger District – 75 acres are planned:
Middle Bugs Timber Sale – 75 acres in the Lean-to-Ridge area
Powell Ranger Station – 10 acres planned:
Piles will be burned near the Powell Ranger Station and along Forest Service road 362, Tom Beal road
Red River Ranger District – 335 acres are planned:
French Gulch Timber Sale – 93 acres, 5 miles southeast of Elk City
Jungle Trail Timber Sale – 132 acres, 10 miles southeast of Elk City
Orogrande Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) hand piles – 110 acres within the Orogrande Community Protection Project
Salmon River Ranger District – 111 acres are planned:
Moonshine Timber Sale – 46 acres, located along FSR 9315 and 9316 in Little Slate Creek drainage approximately 12 miles southeast of Slate Creek, Idaho
Millertime Timber Sale – 65 acres, located along FSR 9413 and in the Little Slate Creek and Van Buren Creek drainages.