Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

31 minutes 49 seconds 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...

Rabbit Foot Fire (Wildfire)

1 hour 36 minutes ago
The lightning-caused Rabbit Foot Fire began on August 2, 2018, and is burning in steep terrain, primarily in timber and standing dead tree snags. Initially, the fire spread quickly through dense timber but has since moderated due to more favorable weather conditions. The fire is being managed by a local Type IV Incident Management Organization. Strategy: The Rabbit Foot Fire is being managed using a combination of actions, some directly adjacent to the fire perimeter and others long distances away from the active fire perimeter; these actions include full suppression, confinement to pre-determined natural barriers, and the protection of values such as private property, habitat, and infrastructure. This strategy presents the best option for firefighter safety and successful containment. It is represented by a percentage of overall completion of the objectives. The Rabbit Foot Fire objectives are currently 82% complete, while 20% of the fire perimeter is contained.

Prospect Fire (Wildfire)

1 hour 36 minutes ago
A local Type IV Incident Management Organization is managing the Prospect Fire located on Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is burning in timber, brush, and tall grass, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the Prospect Creek and Morehead Creek drainages and has crossed to the east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River towards Big Soldier Mountain. Fire is smoldering and activity is minimal. The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at MODERATE Fire Danger.

Kiwah Fire (Wildfire)

1 hour 36 minutes ago
The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 14,603 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area. The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at MODERATE Fire Danger.

Crescent Mountain & McLeod Fires BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

10 hours 31 minutes ago
The Crescent Mountain Fire started on July 29, 2018 in the headwaters of the Twisp River, approximately 21 miles from Twisp, Washington in the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has assembled a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team to analyze post-fire condition of burned watersheds and to plan emergency stabilization treatments for the Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires. The team will conduct field surveys and analyze satellite imagery to develop burned area assessments.Reports and maps of the burned area assessments will be available on this site. There is other general information about BAER, rehabilitation, flood preparation, photos and links to weather and flood warnings available at centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/ Concerned landowners should contact Cascadia Conservation District for private property concerns and/or Chelan County Public Works about specific road or bridge

Klondike Fire (Wildfire)

11 hours 33 minutes ago
Current daily fire update for Klondike and Taylor Creek Fires. More information is posted on our Facebook page for Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire Information. Klondike West Zone: Unusually warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds across on Sunday, October 14 and caused a vertical column and spotting up to 5 miles to the northwest and a 5,000 acre expansion. The fire spotted into the North Fork of Indigo, both sides of the Illinios River and into Spud Creek resulting in 5,000 acres of new growth. The Sheriff’s Office, in concurrence with fire officials, quickly made the determination that evacuations were appropriate for residents in the areas of Oak Flat, Spud Road, and along the 33 road in Agness and residents north of the Rogue River. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 (NWIMT7) assumed command of the fire on October 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. With the significantly reduced threat to homes, the last of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s structure protection groups...

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires (Wildfire)

11 hours 35 minutes ago
Alder Fire and Mountaineer Fire and Moses Fire Update – October 22, 2018 at 6PM Alder Fire An area closure for the area surrounding the Alder and Mountaineer Fires was signed on 10-19-18.The Alder Fire, is located about 5 miles north of Camp Nelson on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. It has slowly and steadily grown since it was discovered October 4th. A reconnaissance flight will continue to check it daily. It is estimated to be about 557 acres in size on 10-22-18. It is consuming dead fuels on the ground, and is actively burning throughout the day and the night.A confine and contain suppression strategy is being used. The fire is inaccessible on foot. Firefighters have been constructing fire line where they could get to safely, and improving fire lines that were created during last summer's Pier Fire. Roads, trails, and fire lines will be utilized to confine and contain the Alder Fire where possible. The fire is...

Valley Fire (Wildfire)

14 hours 14 minutes ago
The Valley Fire was declared 100 percent contained at 4 p.m. on October 22. The decision was based on infrared flights, recent weather, especially significant rainfall on Oct. 13, and no recent reports of smoke and flame activity. The Valley Fire, the cause which remains under investigation, began on July 6 at approximately 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 38 and Valley of the Falls Drive, outside the community of Forest Falls, Calif. It burned 1,350 acres in the forest and up steep cliffs into the San Gorgonio Wilderness of Sand to Snow National Monument. That steep terrain made the fire area inaccessible to personnel, prolonging full containment. All trails into the wilderness were reopened on Aug. 30. Hikers with questions can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursday through Sunday, or the forest headquarters at 909-382-2600 Monday through Friday.

Delta Fire (Wildfire)

16 hours 47 minutes ago
Work on suppression repair is still continuing on the Delta Fire. Repair activities include grading heavily used roads, repairing damaged culverts, replacing vegetation and installing waterbars on dozer lines and hand lines to prevent erosion and recovering timber damaged during suppression efforts.The Forest Closer Order order number 14-18-19 is still in place. For specific recreation information contact the Weaverville Ranger Station (530) 623-2121, the Shasta Lake Ranger District (530) 275-1587, or the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station (530) 926-4511 for specific information.Warm temperatures combined with very dry air may result in more smoke being visible from still smoldering pockets of heavy fuels (logs, stump holes, etc.). Crews are continuing to patrol the fires perimeter to insure there is no threat to the fire line.Command of the Delta Fire transferred from the Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 back to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on October 11, 2018...

Tonto National Forest Rx Burns 2018 (Prescribed Fire)

17 hours 30 minutes 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...

Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

19 hours 59 minutes ago
The U.S. Forest Service’s Arapaho National Forest is preparing to apply prescribed fire in the area known as “Blue Ridge” south of Hot Sulphur Springs and southwest of Granby, Colo. Implementing prescribed fire is the next step in the Blue Ridge Salvage and Fuels Reduction Project, an on-going effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities and improve forest health conditions in Grand County. Burning could take place in the fall and spring, and fire managers hope to start with a few small units (about 500 acres total) later this fall in the northernmost portion of the project area, between Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass. The area is part of the Wildland-Urban Interface formed by the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs and the Fraser Valley. Improving conditions in this area is a key component of the Hot Sulphur, Fraser and Grand County Community Wildfire Protection Plans.Learn more about prescribed fire at:...

Red Feather Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

20 hours 21 minutes ago
Canyon Lake Ranger District fire managers are monitoring conditions in the Roosevelt National Forest to return to operations on the Red Feather Prescribed Burn later the week of Oct. 22. If conditions allow, burning could continue throughout the weekend and into next week. This prescribed burn is located north of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision. A great deal of work has already taken place on this burn and provides a treated line or previously burned ground around much of the perimeter, leaving the interior portion left to burn. Approximately 4,100 acres of the total 4,348-acre project has been successfully burned over the past two years. Appropriate conditions must be met before burning can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and necessary staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will...

Sherman Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

1 day 22 hours ago
The Sherman Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park has been postponed until further notice. A test burn of three acres, which was conducted late this morning into early afternoon, yielded unsatisfactory results, with many of the ignitions self-extinguishing without consuming the fuel necessary to meet the objectives for the project. “Under current conditions, this prescribed burn would take much longer to complete than we had anticipated, and the moisture in the fuels would cause it to produce an inordinate amount of smoke,” says Fuels Specialist Andrew Cremers. “We will revisit this project when we can achieve better fire effects. In the meantime, we’ll look for other opportunities to complete fuels projects in the parks this fall.” The primary purpose of this prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuel loading in the Giant Forest sequoia grove and to maintain the natural fire cycle in this unique ecosystem of Sequoia National Park. Fire is one of...

Lost Fire (Wildfire)

3 days 17 hours ago
The Lost Fire is located west of the Reds Meadow Valley in the John Muir Wilderness.Crews are suppressing the fire. The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 1992 Rainbow Fire and is consuming dead and down fuels from that fire. It is burning in brush and mixed conifer forest. The sun-exposed areas within the Rainbow Fire perimeter are allowing the fuels to dry. However, the cold, shorter days are moderating fire activity.There is currently no threat to life or property. There are no closures at this time, including nearby trails. Smoke is visible from Mammoth Mountain (including from their summit webcam). Smoke may be visible in Mammoth Lakes and June Lake.The Lost Fire is a lightning-caused fire from the storm system that passed through the area on October 2. This fire is a “sleeper” or “hold-over” fire that was detected when activity picked up with drier and warmer conditions.

Silver Creek Fire (Wildfire)

3 days 17 hours ago
Silver Creek area closure rescinded with exception of FS Rd 100; Silver Creek Fire updates October 19, 2018 – As of Friday, Oct. 19, the Silver Creek Fire area closure has been rescinded, with the exception of a portion of FS Rd. 100 for a short period of time. The road closure remains in place for suppression repair. The public may access and use the fire area, however, the fire may still be smoldering. It is not expected to be declared controlled until there is a season-ending snow event. Season-ending can be defined as significant snow expected to remain on the ground for the season. Caution is urged in burned areas, as trees may have been weakened by the fire and could easily fall. The burn area will have many ‘snags,’ or standing dead trees that are fire weakened and highly unstable, especially in high winds. Forest staff will continue to monitor the fire area as it remains in patrol status. Despite snow at higher elevations and cooler overall temperatures, National...

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

3 days 18 hours ago
See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns. Also see this quick video showing prescribed fire project information, including photos and maps from the Davis and Harris understory prescribed fires on October 18 northeast of McCloud, ways we inform the public of planned projects, and finally how you can stay connected to receive real-time fire updates: https://www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF/videos/338725076887421/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...

Ryan Fire (Wildfire)

3 days 19 hours ago
Area closure rescinded for Ryan Fire;Ryan Fire updatesOctober 18, 2018 As of Thursday, Oct. 18, the Ryan Fire area closure has been lifted. The public may access and use the fire area, however, the fire may still be smoldering. It is not expected to be declared controlled until there is a season-ending snow event. Season-ending can be defined as significant snow expected to remain on the ground for the season.Caution is urged in burned areas, as trees may have been weakened by the fire and could easily fall. The burn area will have many ‘snags,’ or standing dead trees that are fire weakened and highly unstable, especially in high winds.Forest staff will continue to monitor the fire area as it remains in patrol status.Despite snow at higher elevations and cooler overall temperatures, National Forest visitors and particularly hunters, are advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires. Always make sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire...

Bald Mtn-Pole Creek Post-Fire BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

4 days 14 hours ago
THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE RECOVERY There are three phases of recovery following wildfires on federal lands: - Fire Suppression Repair - Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) - Long-Term Recovery and Restoration Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained, and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions...

Rapid River Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

4 days 19 hours ago
Fire is the greatest change agent in our forest and grassland systems. These systems have evolved with fire and must have fire to remain resilient and productive. Fire can also be the most economical means in reducing community risk to wildland fire. Accumulated dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels (fuels occurring between ground fuels and tree crowns) will be reduced within prescribed burn areas, making future fire suppression efforts safer. Healthy forests provide a safer environment for wildland firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.Signs will be posted on roads and information boards near all prescribed burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress. If you have questions about this prescribed burn please call: New Meadows Ranger District
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