Planned Forest Burning Could Start This Week

Planned Forest Burning Could Start This Week

May Cause Trail & Road Closures

KAMIAH, ID – You’ll start to see smoke in the air this week.  The Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests plan to start prescribed burning to keep the forests safe and the air from getting worse from an uncontrolled wildfire.  A release from the National Forest says prescribed burning is also used to encourage growth of fire-tolerant plant species and to prepare the ground for hand-planting of trees.

There’s no set schedule yet, but here are the locations where they plan to burn.

Salmon River Ranger District – 3,100 acres planned:
·       Blue Mountain – 650 acres located six miles west of Riggins\
·       Wickiup – 750 acres located nine miles east of Grangeville
·       Little Medicine – 1,300 acres located nine miles east of Grangeville
·       McComas Plantation – 300 acres located nine miles east of Grangeville
·       Buckshot – 100 acres located 15 miles south of Grangeville, off Forest Service Road #221 at milepost 31

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District – 252 acres planned:
·       White White harvest units – 52 acres located two miles southeast of Musselshell Work Center
·       Woodrat harvest units – 200 acres located two miles northwest of Syringa

North Fork Ranger District – 189 acres planned:
·       Preacher Dewey – 59 acres located four miles east of Pierce, north of Forest Service Road #250
·       Middle Black – 130 acres located north of Kelly Creek Work Center

Moose Creek Ranger District – no acres planned:
·       No planned spring burns

Palouse Ranger District – 106 acres planned:
·       Bluejacket timber sale – 66 acres located 2.5 miles northeast of Laird Park Campground
·       Cherry Dinner project – 40 acres located one mile northeast of Little Boulder Campground

Red River Ranger District – 834 acres planned:
·       Orogrande Fuels project – 298 acres west of Orogrande along the Cooked River Road
·       South Township – 536 acres along the south border of the Elk City Township

During the burnings, you can find road and trail closures here:

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