SANDPOINT (April 4, 2016)—The Priest Lake, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry Ranger Districts are planning several prescribed burns this spring to reduce potential wildfire impacts, prepare areas for tree planting and improve wildlife forage. Prescribed burning is part of each District’s annual natural resource management program and may continue into June, depending upon weather and forest […]Read More
Despite the numerous benefits prescribed fires provide we recognize that planned fires and smoke can affect forest visitors and local communities. Since prescribed fires can be ignited only under certain weather and vegetative conditions, it is difficult to predict exactly when they will be started. We encourage you to check this website frequently between March 1 and November 15 for the current status of planned prescribed fires on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Additionally, a prescribed fire hotline has been set up at 1-800-CDA-FIRE.
http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/ This is an inter-agency website developed by federal and state agencies in Idaho to provide timely and accurate information for wildland fires, fire restrictions, prevention and education across the state. Our aim is to provide one website where the best available information and links related to fire can be accessed.Read More
Our goal is to provide you with the most current information about the status of prescribed fires during the spring and fall burning seasons. Since prescribed fires must be ignited under certain weather conditions, it is difficult to predict exactly when they will be started. We encourage you to check this website daily between March 1 and June 15 and between October 1 and November 15 for the current status of planned prescribed fires.
Prescribed fires on federal lands must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires extensive analysis of the environmental, economic, and social impacts of projects with public participation. The Healthy Forest Restoration Act provides an expedited process using collaboration and integration with such things as county hazard mitigation plans, state fuels committee priorities, and direct work with local communities.
Fuel reduction management is a long term proposition, but through annual programs combining federal, state and private land, and the people responsible or affected, the journey to return much of our forests to a historic condition and reduce the threat to life and property will be achieved.