Ramshorn Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

1 day 5 hours ago
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 1,055 acres of national forest land in the Ramshorn project area, about five miles southeast of Green Bank in Pocahontas County. Why do we burn? Reintroducing fire will: Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insectsReduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and...

Big Mountain Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

1 day 6 hours ago
This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 833 acres of national forest land in the Big Mountain area, west and southwest of Cherry Grove in Pendleton County. The Forest Service burned here in 2018 and will conduct a series of burns in this area for the next several years. Why do we burn? Reintroducing fire into the forest will: Restore historic fire regimesImprove wildlife habitatEnhance forest structure and age diversityImprove oak regenerationControl tree diseases and insectsReduce hazardous fuel levels How do we manage a prescribed burn? Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before...

Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX (Prescribed Fire)

2 days 4 hours ago
PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING THROUGH PRESCRIBED BURN AREAS - SLOW DOWN Please be watchful for firefighters. Work is being carried out in and around parked fire equipment both on and off the pavement. Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priority.Hazardous Fuel Reduction projects are scheduled this winter/spring on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest, as well as various lower elevation burning near communities around Isabella Lake.Kernville, Ca….March 21, 2019: Fire Management personnel are conducting prescribed pile burning on Greenhorn Mountains, through the end of March 2019. The piles are along Highway 155, west of the Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station, including below Slick Rock to the sand shed off Hwy. 155, and piles along Rancheria.The piles consist of timber slash, which are the result of hazardous fuel reduction projects on drought and beetle killed trees. Firefighters will use hand-held drip torches to...

Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2018-19 (Prescribed Fire)

2 days 23 hours ago
See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns. As temperatures drop and the first precipitation of the season arrives, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is conducting its fall, winter and spring prescribed fire projects. “The 2018 fire season has provided significant firefighting challenges for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, our partners and cooperators. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the forest will continue to use tools such as prescribed burning in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems and improve safety of communities within the wildland urban interface,” explained Forest Fire Management Officer Ben Newburn. Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the forest from October through June 2019. Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned projects include burn piles and...

Grindstone Mountain Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

4 days 8 hours ago
Forest Service to Conduct Controlled Burn for Grindstone Mountain in Augusta County Today Location: This 830 acre burn will take place on Grindstone Mountain located in Augusta County near Stokesville, VA. Date and Time: The Forest Service will begin ignitions on March 20, 2019. This controlled burn will be completed over 2-3 days. Firefighters will monitor the area for several days after the burn is over. Objective: These burns are conducted to maintain early successional species, which favor open grass and shrub land habitats. Additional Information: Residents of surrounding areas may see and smell light smoke for several days, especially in the mornings and evenings. Smoke may be visible along sections of CR 95 and Tillman Roads for the duration of the burn. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.

South Rim Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

4 days 21 hours ago
The Bureau of Land Management’s Gila District and Safford Field Office will black line and prepare the burn area boundaries for the approximately 15,726 acre South Rim prescribed burn in the Aravaipa Canyon area. The work will occur this Wednesday-Friday. Fire crews will monitor the burned area during and after the work to ensure public safety. In relation to the work, the following road will be closed from 6 p.m. today (Tuesday) to 6 a.m. March 23 (Saturday). Rug Road from the conjunction with Turkey Creek to the conjunction with Dry Camp Canyon. Prescribed fires are intended to mimic natural fire frequency and intensity. They improve the health of the land by stimulating growth of desirable grasses, reducing invasive plants and managing fuel loads so that natural fires are less destructive. For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist June Lowery 520-258-7223.

Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

5 days 3 hours ago
Fire managers on the Hoosier National Forest (NF) intend to begin utilizing prescribed fire as a forest management tool in the coming weeks. All prescribed burns are dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Fire managers will be evaluating conditions to ensure compliance with policy and utilization of best management practices. Test burns will occur prior to ignition of any unit to monitor fire behavior and smoke lift and dispersion. At this time there are areas planned in Jackson, Martin, Orange, and Perry Counties. Each of the areas has been identified to improve wildlife habitat or restore woodlands. In some cases wetlands, woodlands, or barrens are being restored; in others, the fire is used to enhance oak-hickory regeneration or to maintain early successional habitat in wildlife openings There are 18 sites that are available to burn; encompassing a total of approximately 4,500 acres. The more burn units the Hoosier NF...

Hickman Hollow Fire (Wildfire)

6 days 5 hours ago
An 8-10 acre fire was reported just east of Dyer on the Gauley Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest at about 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 15. Firefighters from several agencies responded and worked late into the night and all day Saturday to contain the fire, estimated at 25 acres. The Hickman Hollow Fire was declared controlled as of 6 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Staff will continue to patrol the area over the next few days. “We’d like to thank local volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services, state agencies and others who assisted in responding to the fire,” said Incident Commander John Fry. Fire staff from Monongahela National Forest were assisted by the West Virginia Division of Forestry, Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center, Wayne National Forest, Huron Manistee National Forest, West Virginia State Police, WV Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Webster Springs VFD, Craigsville VFD, Cowen VFD, Erbacon VFD, and Webster Memorial Hospital EMS. ...

SBNF Storm Damage (Flood)

1 week ago
The rainstorm of Feb. 14, 2019, caused extensive damage to Forest Service roads across the national forest, which covers the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains, as well as as the eastern slice of the San Gabriels. Damage was also caused to permitted state routes maintained by Caltrans. An incident response team has been created and is working to assess the damage and prioritize repairs. Note: Because damage is throughout the forest, the location marked on the InciWeb map is set to the forest headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif. Coming Soon: Maps of damage.

Central Sierra Nevada (Search and Rescue)

1 week ago
No further updates on this search will be posted unless new information becomes available. Search for Missing US Marine in Central Sierra Nevada Moves to Limited Continuous ModeCENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA, Calif. March 16, 2019 – A massive multiagency search in the Sierra Nevada has been underway for more than a week to locate missing U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, a 24-year-old man from Washington, Conn. Kraft set out on a solo ski and hike trip on Feb. 24 with an itinerary to complete the 195-mile Sierra High Route on March 4 or 5. Beginning today the search operation will transition into a limited continuous search status until Kraft is found. On March 4, Kraft’s father contacted Mono County Sheriff after not hearing from his son. Mono County Sheriff’s Office began checking trail heads in the Bridgeport area that day. Cell phone forensics initiated by Mono County Sheriff showed that his last phone activity was in the Independence area, in Inyo County. Inyo County...

Thomas Mountain Rx (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 3 days ago
Scheduled to begin Monday, March 25, U.S. Forest Service fire crews will broadcast burn within a 1,074 acre unit on Thomas Mountain, south of Garner Valley, which is southeast of Idyllwild. The goal is to accomplish burning between 30 and 70 percent of the unit. The project, which will occur intermittently when conditions are safe for burning, is part of a larger effort to create defensible space between neighborhoods and wildland areas and perform ecological restoration in the San Jacinto Mountains. Smoke and flame may be seen from a

Baldwin Lake Rx (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 5 days ago
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will continue burning operations on the Baldwin Lake project on Tues., March 12. The project consists of slash piles from 742 acres of vegetation thinning near the Lake Williams community on the east end of Big Bear Valley. Over 175 acres have already been completed. The project, which will only occur when conditions are safe for burning, is part of a larger effort to create defensible space between neighborhoods and wildland areas. Smoke and flame may be seen from a

Yellow-Fringed Orchid (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 6 days ago
The purpose and need of this project is to maintain species viability of the only population of Yellow-Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris), a state threatened plant in Ohio, on the Wayne National

Lake Vesuvius Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 6 days ago
The long-range goal of the management activity is to create an open forest dominated by large, widely-spaced mast-producing trees, in which a broad ecological diversity of vegetation and wildlife occupy the landscape.

Slash Pile Burning 2018/2019 (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 6 days ago
As winter conditions settle in across Colorado's Northern Front Range, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal projects across the area. Hand piles are a result of using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations. Wind helps disperse smoke created during pile burning operations and snow helps keep the piles contained. Seeing flames and smoke, even after dark, is part of normal operations. This is one way that we can help reduce the buildup of fuels on the landscape under the safest conditions. Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will...

Kanab Creek Rx (Prescribed Fire)

1 week 6 days ago
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona Strip District is planning to burn slash debris located 30 miles south of Fredonia, Ariz. in the Kanab Creek riparian corridor. The burns will begin early March 2019 and last through late March 2019, depending upon fuel and weather conditions. The intent of these treatments is to restore and enhance wildlife habitat by removing invasive tamarisk from the Kanab Creek watershed. Prescribed burns have strict weather-related and environmental factors that must meet prior to ignition. BLM Arizona Strip fire personnel will monitor on-site conditions and manage prescribed fire activity, before, during and after ignition operations. Smoke may be present during the length of the project in this remote area, and managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations. No closures anticipated but public access may be restricted during ignition and periods of active fire to ensure public safety. Signs will be posted...

Tonto National Forest Rx Burns 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

2 weeks 3 days ago
Prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forest in our fire-adapted ecosystem, and smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these vital efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. They burn when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes; they will burn larger sections at a time to limit the number of days smoke is in the air, and they work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.Crews also seek opportunities to use slash from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it. It is often used s filler at the landfill and offered as firewood to community members. Forests need the frequent, low intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents...

Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

2 weeks 5 days ago
Update: February 25-26, 2019, firefighters successfully burned approximately 400 acres of the Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn. This page will be updated when another window opens to burn the remaining acres. Fire managers on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District are monitoring conditions on the Roosevelt National Forest to conduct the Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn in the Poudre Canyon in an effort to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels. Burning could begin as soon as February 25 and continue as conditions allow.This prescribed burn is located on the north side of the Poudre Canyon near the Roaring Creek Trailhead, approximately eight miles west of Rustic. The project is 636 acres, with 85% of these acres on National Forest System lands and the other 15% on Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands. Burning expected to take place when south facing slopes within the project area generally have minimal to no snow and north facing slopes have snow cover to contain the burn. Appropriate...

Angelus Oaks Rx (Prescribed Fire)

3 weeks 5 days ago
Tues., Feb. 26: Crews plan to treat 5 acres through pile burning on the east side of the community behind Spruce Ct. and Spruce Ave. Hikers at the San Bernardino Peak Trail trailhead may also see work being done. Project Overview U.S. Forest Service fire crews will pile and broadcast burn 273 acres around Angelus Oaks off Highway 38. The project, which will occur intermittently over the winter when conditions are safe for burning, is part of a larger effort to create defensible space between neighborhoods and wildland areas in the San Bernardino Mountains. Smoke and flame may be seen from a distance.
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