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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Prescribed Burning on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Fall Creek Prescribed Fire Unit

 
The project area is located in the Caribou Mountains at the head of the Fall Creek drainage approximately 13 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho.  The primary purpose of this project is to utilize mechanical slashing and prescribed fire to treat the declining aspen population and mature mountain brush species.  These treatments will create a diversity of age classes within winter and summer range identified for big game and numerous other wildlife species.  The secondary purpose of the project is to reduce hazardous fuels within the project area.  Hazardous fuels reduction will increase public safety by making the area more defensibly from potential wildfires in the future.

The implementation of this burn is expected to take two to three days based upon current fuel and weather conditions.  Minimal smoke impacts are expected for the Swan Valley area; however, hunting in the vicinity may be affected by fire activity.  Following ignition operations, the project area will be patrolled and monitored until the burn can be declared completely out.  


 The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (www.rmef.org) and Idaho Fish and Game (www.fishandgame.idaho.gov) have partnered with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to complete this project.