Fall prescribed fire planned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Crew igniting a prescribed burn on public land.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at the Fenn Ranger Station (831 Selway Road) to discuss the planned summer prescribed burning on the Coolwater project east of Lowell. The meeting will be open–house style with Forest Service staff available from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (PDT). A brief presentation will begin at 6:30.

The Coolwater prescribed burn project, located in Idaho County on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of national forest system lands and is designed to improve elk habitat, forest health and ecological functions within the project area. An additional project goal is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and the potential for high–intensity wildfires in the area.

This year’s plans include an 876-acre unit where patches of vegetation will remain unburned, simulating a natural wildfire.

For information: Neal Cox, fuels specialist, at neal.cox@usda.gov.

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