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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Caribou-Targhee National Forest to conduct prescribed burns to improve forest health

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is implementing several prescribed burns this week to improve forest health. Both prescribed burns will consist of broadcast burning using hand ignition with drip torches and/or aerial ignition using a helicopter and a helitorch or plastic sphere dispenser (PSD).  A helitorch is an aerial ignition device attached below a helicopter that dispenses ignited gelled gasoline.  A PSD disperses small plastic balls from a helicopter or drone that ignite after hitting the ground.  These two devices can be used to ignite canopy and ground fuels to create the desired fuels reduction and canopy openings.  Numerous fire management resources will be on scene before, during and after ignition to monitor and manage fire activity.

St. Charles Prescribed Burn: The Montpelier Ranger District will begin igniting the St. Charles prescribed burn beginning Aug. 27. Hand burning operations will occur throughout the fall as conditions allow. The project area is located approximately eight miles west of St. Charles, Idaho. The objectives of this burn are to eliminate dense fuel loading to reduce the risk of a high-intensity fire in the area, regenerate aspen stands to promote wildlife habitat and increase overall plant diversity. For more information, please contact the Montpelier Ranger District at 208-847-0375.

Fall Creek Prescribed Burn
Fall Creek Aspen Improvement Project: On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Palisades Ranger District started prescribed burn operations in the Fall Creek Basin near Commissary and Fourth of July Ridges. Work will continue throughout the week of Aug. 26 as conditions allow. The Fall Creek Aspen Improvement Project was initiated by the CTNF in partnership with the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game in 2008 with the purpose of improving aspen stands and diversifying vegetation communities to support wildlife. Forest officials have treated 3,870 acres of the 24,000-acres project area since 2008. Three more units remain to be treated over the next few years. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided support and funding to complete this project. “Everything is going really well on the ground,” said Martell Gibbons, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Palisades Ranger District. “The fire is meeting our objectives and performing like we anticipated.”

Residual smoke will remain in the area as interior pockets continue to burn. Expect smoke following implementation until a significant wetting weather event occurs. For more information contact the Palisades Ranger District at 208-523-1412.

Fall Creek Project