Smoke may be visible in and around the Breckenridge Mountains near Havilah, CA tomorrow as Sequoia National Forest firefighters conduct pile-burning operations. Pile-burning is an effective component in reducing overabundant debris in the forest; thereby reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Spring Burning Planned on Chelan Ranger District
Chelan--Chelan Ranger District personnel are preparing for spring prescribed fire activities. Prescribed fires are planned on a total of 1,135 acres this spring.
Burning operations are expected to start as soon as weather and fuel conditions permit, possibly as early as mid-March, and will likely continue for several weeks.
The following areas are planned for burning this spring: Falls Creek, Washington Creek, Forest Mountain, 25 Mile Creekand East Fork Joe Creek.
Prescribed burning is one of the primary tools used to reduce existing forest fuel accumulations in an effort to reduce wildfire potential and improve forest health. The prescribed fire program is intended to improve the safety of the public and wildland firefighters, minimize the size and intensity of wildfires and create healthy forested habitats. Additional benefits of prescribed burning include habitat restoration, maintenance of species diversity, and stimulation of forage for mule deer and bighorn sheep and return of nutrients to the soil.
These burns 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 fires and bring resiliency to unhealthy forest ecosystems.
All Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. prescribed 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. Primary concerns include favorable winds that can minimize smoke impacts to public health and the risk of fire escape. The majority of smoke from these burns is expected to dissipate to the north and east with some smoke settling in valleys at night. Travel on Forest Service roads may be interrupted for very short periods of time; all affected roads will be signed prior to any ignitions.
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 after they receive burn approval.
For updated information on our prescribed burning program or to be notified on burn days, please call the Chelan Ranger District office at 682-4900.
Prescribed Burns Planned in the Hualapai Mountains
KINGMAN, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct two prescribed burns.
The burns will take place in the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman. Weather permitting, burning will begin the week of March 16, 2015, and is expected to be complete within three to five days after ignition.
The purpose of the burns is to treat approximately 2,500 acres of dense chaparral brush to improve mule deer habitat and return fire to an area where it can play a natural role in the health of the environment. The burns will also reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires and will improve forage for wildlife and livestock.
These burn areas are located in the south end of the Hualapai Mountains near upper Blue Tank Canyon and Deluge Wash. Smoke may be visible from Kingman, Yucca, Wikieup, Interstate 40, and Highway 93, and may be heavy at times. Overall, impacts from the smoke in Kingman and other areas should be minimal and the majority of the smoke should disperse quickly.
Jeep trails accessing the burn areas will be temporarily closed for public safety and reopened when safe to do so.
For more information on these burns, contact Wade Reaves, Fuels Management Specialist, at the BLM Kingman Field Office 928-718-3700.
Pawnee National Grassland Prescribed Burn Planned for March
GREELEY, Colo. – The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 550 acres on the east side of the Pawnee National Grassland this spring. Burning could begin as soon as the first week of March and continue through March until the burn is complete as conditions allow. Smoke may be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities.
The area planned for burning is located in the Simmons Allotment, northwest of New Raymer, Colo. , approximately three miles north of Highway 14.
Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reducing the risk of wildfire, and helps reintroduce fire into the ecosystem. Ignition of the burn will only take place if soil moisture, weather, smoke dispersal and staffing are favorable. A minimum of 16 to 24 firefighters are expected to work on the burn, including three to six engines. Crews will continue to monitor the burn area until the fire is completely out.
Prescribed fires on the Pawnee National Grassland will be announced on a recorded information line at 970-498-1030. The public can also call the grassland office weekdays at 970-346-5000 for additional information. If anyone would like to receive daily email notifications during the burn, please contact Reghan Cloudman at email@example.com.