BOULDER, Colo. – (Mar. 10, 2015) U.S. Forest Service firefighters are taking advantage of existing snow to burn machine piles in the Kelly Dahl Campground area. Smoke will be visible from Highways 72 and 119.
Conditions for pile burning are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions typically begin between 10 and 11 a.m. Wind, fuel moisture, staffing and the amount of snow cover all play a factor in where and whether ignition occurs.
Additional areas where slash burning could occur in future days include:
· James Creek (Switzerland Trail & Gold Hill road intersection)
· Johnny Park Road (hand piles southwest of Big Elk Meadows)
· Lee Hill Road and Peak View Drive (these areas contain small slash piles along the National Forest Boundary with private land).
· Gold Lake Area (there are multiple machine piles east of this lake)
To receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-541-2532.
Johnston Draw Black Line Controlled Burn planned for around March 14
Boise, ID –The Boise BLM district will be conducting a black line controlled burn on or around March 14 and could extend till mid-May 2015 depending on weather conditions. The Johnston Draw ignition unit is a research burn for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) located in the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed, located approximately 50 miles south of Marsing, Idaho in Owyhee County. Black lining the perimeter of the unit is used to reduce fuels and establish control lines for the research burn of the interior scheduled this fall. It is estimated that a minimum of 100-300 acres will be black lined prior to fall unit ignition. The controlled burn would present research opportunities to study the effects of fire (prescribed or wild) on vegetation, soil properties, water balance, water quality, watershed function, post-fire livestock management, and the spatial pattern of fire impacts at the landscape scale. Research results would be directly applicable to fire management planning in the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed, Owyhee County, southern Idaho and eastern Oregon sagebrush ecosystems. The Johnston Draw ignition unit is a total of 2,309 acres.
Prescribed Burns Planned on Thunder Basin National Grassland
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) March 9, 2015 – U.S. Forest Service fire crews are planning to conduct two prescribed burns in the next couple weeks on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Pending favorable weather conditions, the Pappy’s Pasture prescribed burn will be implemented near Weston, Wyo., and the Vest Draw burn near Bill, Wyo.
The Pappy’s Pasture burn unit is located approximately 30 miles north of Gillette, Wyo. on Wyoming Highway 59, while the Vest Draw unit is approximately 15 miles northeast of Bill, Wyo. Both burns will take place on National Forest Service Lands within the grassland. Plans are to burn 450 acres at Pappy’s Pasture and nearly 1,000 acres at Vest Draw.
Multiple natural resource objectives will be accomplished with the burns. Specifically, the burns are intended to promote native grasses, reduce hazardous fuels, and improve habitat for wildlife.
Fire managers will coordinate the timing of the burn with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that conditions allow for sufficient smoke dispersal. However, the public is advised that smoke will be visible in surrounding areas.
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will routinely monitor the burned area following operations.
For more specific information about this project, contact Clay Westbrook or Shay Rogge at the Douglas Ranger District (307-358-4690). More information about this and other projects can be found on the following website, http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG.
Laramie Ranger District to burn additional acreage on Pole Mountain this week
Please be advised that Laramie Ranger District fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions this week to burn additional acreage on Pole Mountain (Medicine Bow National Forest). Burning could take place any day this week. The burn units are the same as indicated in the press release linked below, which was distributed last month.
Prescribed burns continue in Maury Mountains on Ochoco NF
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Fire managers will take advantage of favorable weather conditions today to continue jackpot burning in the Maury Mountains southeast of Prineville.
Jackpot burning is part of a hazardous fuels reduction program that addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris.
The West Maury Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres spread out across multiple units approximately 12 miles southeast of Post, Ore.
Crews completed around 170 acres of jackpot burning in the Maury Mountains at the end of February before snow halted the project.
Plans also call for jackpot burning on the Crooked River National Grassland this spring.
The Grassland Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres on units between 5 and 15 miles southwest and southeast of Madras, Ore.
The goals for both projects include improvement of wildlife habitat and range conditions, and the reduction of hazardous fuels.
Light smoke will be visible during ignition periods but no impacts to major highways are expected.
Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Smoke Management Plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.
For more information, visit the Ochoco National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/ochoco and follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire.
Spring Burning Planned on the Entiat Ranger District
ENTIAT—Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists may begin spring burning operations on the Entiat Ranger District as early as mid-March and continue into late spring weather and conditions permitting. Approximately 1,300 acres of underburning are planned for treatment this spring.
“The main objective for prescribed burning is to reduce debris on the forest floor to a desired historical condition while returning fire back to the ecosystem,” said Entiat District Assistant Fire Management Officer Aaron Rowe.
Prescribed burning will occur in the following areas:
· Approximately 300 acres of underburns are planned in the Hancock Canyon and Johnson Creek areas
· 300 acres of underburning is scheduled in the Dill Creek area
· Up to 700 acres of underburns will occur in the Lower Tyee Ridge area
“With the minimal amount of snowfall that occurred this past winter, our burning may occur earlier than normal this spring,” Rowe said.
Prescribed fires are part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. Forest Service managers began implementing the strategy in 1999 to reduce the threat of uncharacteristically severe wildfires and to return resiliency to unhealthy forest ecosystems.
All Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. controlled burns are weather-dependent and fire specialists will cease burning as soon as possible if objectives are not being met or weather conditions are unfavorable. Their primary concerns include favorable winds that can minimize smoke impacts to public health and the risk of fire escape.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources regulates smoke management and must approve all controlled burns on national forests within the state. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. fire specialists closely coordinate with the state’s air quality managers.
For updated information on the Entiat Ranger District prescribed burning program, please call 509-784-4700.
Prescribed Burning Planned in Blue Mountain Area today
Missoula, MT. – The Missoula Ranger District plans to ignite an understory prescribed burn Tuesday March 10, 2015 about four miles southwest of Missoula in the Blue Mountain vicinity north of the motorcycle trailhead (T13N R20W Sections 33 and 05) if smoke dispersion conditions permit. Smoke from the burning will be visible from the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys.
This prescribed burn project consists of one unit totaling between 35 to 87 acres and will be ignited by hand. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and promote grass and shrub growth for wildlife benefit.
For public safety, forest visitors should anticipate fire crew vehicles in the area. The burn will be ignited only if operational safety, fuel moisture, weather condition and air quality parameters can be attained. Fire managers anticipate ignition to be complete in about six hours. Smoke will pool in the areas after ignition is complete but should dissipate within 24-48 hours.
If the burn is conducted as scheduled updates will be posted on the Lolo National Forest Facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lolo-National-Forest/409424909216306
Pile Burning Planned on Bitterroot National Forest
Hamilton, Montana (March 10, 2015) – The Bitterroot National Forest is planning intermittent pile burning this week on the Darby Ranger District, weather permitting. The piles are a result of clean-up of debris from thinning and logging operations. Drivers and residents may notice smoke today and later this week around the Baker Lake area and West Fork Highway.
The pile burning will only take place if optimum weather and smoke parameters are met; including wet enough conditions to limit the chance of the fire spreading beyond intended piles.
The prescribed fire program on the forest takes place each spring and fall. Please contact your local ranger station for burn information or to be included on their notification lists - Darby Ranger District (406) 821-3913, Sula Ranger District (406) 821-3201, West Fork Ranger District (406) 821-3269, and the Stevensville Ranger District (406) 777-5461.
Stay in touch with the Bitterroot National Forest through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitterroot andwww.twitter.com/BitterrootNF.
Spring Green-up Coming, Three Prescribed Burns Possible Ashland R.D.
Ashland, MT – The Ashland Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest is planning for three potential spring prescribed burns prior to green-up, dependent upon proper burning and weather conditions. Working jointly with the Bureau of Land Management, the Custer Gallatin National Forest will be burning approximately 17 miles south of Ashland, MT.
“Each year the Ashland Ranger District works with various partners including the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation who provide support and funding for implementation of prescribed fire projects,” said Ron Hecker, Ashland District Ranger. “Many of the prescribed burns on the District are designed to enhance wildlife habitat and stimulate re-growth native shrubs and rangeland vegetation." Overall fire managers will be conducting low intensity burns treating heavier fuel concentrations within the units.
This year the largest prescribed burn will be Soap Springs, approximately 2000 acres, located in Odell Creek south of Ashland. Additionally two other prescribed burns may be implemented. Jackson prescribed burn is approximately 300 acres, located 4 miles southwest of Poker Jim Lookout and Hay Creek prescribed burn is approximately 500 acres and is located 3 miles north of Poker Jim Lookout.
Fire personnel will be coordinating with several local agencies, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the BLM, as well as with rural fire departments and private land owners prior to ignition dates of each prescribed burn. For additional information contact Ron Hecker, Ashland Ranger District at: 406-784-2344. Additional information about the Custer Gallatin National Forest can be found online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by following @CusterNF, on facebook: Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Spring Prescribed Burning Prior to Green-up, Sioux R.D.
Camp Crook, SD: The Sioux Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office are planning for a series of potential spring burns starting as early as March 18th and prior to spring green-up. Prescribed burns will be dependent upon proper burning and weather conditions.
The Forest Service and the BLM are working jointly on a second unit, 500-600 acres in the Needmore-Russell Prescribed Burn, located approximately six miles southeast of Ekalaka, MT near the south side of Camp Needmore, (T1N R59E Sec. 23, 24, 25 and 26). “Last fall we were able to meet conditions and burn one unit south of Camp Needmore. The burn carried well in the timber and burned a mosaic in the grass, overall meeting our objectives,” said Robert Cordell, Fire and Fuels Specialist, Sioux Ranger District. “The fuel on the ground was also reduced along with the majority of the ponderosa pine regeneration within the burn unit,” said Cordell. The units surrounding Camp Needmore were thinned in 2008 and the low intensity maintenance burn further helped to remove low hanging branches and shrubs, known as understory, as well as clean up many of the fuels on the ground and encourage new grass and aspen growth.
Additionally two other prescribed burns are being looked at: the second prescribed burn is the 150-acre Doc Hodge prescribed burn on the north end of the Slim Buttes, approximately six miles west of Reva, SD (T19N R8E Sec 32). This prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the risk of wildland fire reaching the tree canopy by minimizing the understory fuels and reducing the risk of higher-intensity wildfires in the area. The third possible prescribed burn is the Lost Farm burn, a 100 acre prescribed burn in the Long Pines unit, adjacent to Bell Tower Divide and Lost Farm road on the Sioux Ranger District (T3S, R61E, Sec. 4).
Fire personnel will be coordinating with several local agencies and the BLM, as well as with rural fire departments and private land owners prior to ignition dates of each prescribed burn. For additional information contact Robert Cordell, Fuels Specialist, Sioux Ranger District at: 605-797-4432 or Paul Pauley BLM Fuels Specialist, Miles City Field Office at 406-233-2800.
Additional information about the Custer Gallatin National Forest can be found online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by following @CusterNF, on facebook: Custer Gallatin National Forest. For more information or advice about maintaining defensible space call the BLM Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center at 406-233-2900. For the latest BLM news and updates visit the web at: www.blm.gov/mt, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BLMMontana or follow us on: Twitter@BLM MTDKs and @ BLM MTDK Fire.