The St. Joe Ranger District plans to burn activity fuels in the Fallen Bear timber sale on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Prescribed fire crewmembers will be finishing 16 acres in units 148/150 up Quartz Creek drainage in preparation for tree planting this spring. Any needed updates will be posted on this site and the IPNF Facebook Page. […]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.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (May 1, 2017) – Fire managers on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests are gearing up for prescribed burning season as weather and conditions allow. Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fuels, prepare areas for tree planting, and improve wildlife forage. Annually, […]Read More
Prescribed fire on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho (September 28, 2016) – The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will begin prescribed burning in the Deerfoot Project area starting with test ignitions on September 28. Approximately 400 acres are planned for this project, along Deerfoot Ridge […]Read More
The area closure in the vicinity the Historic Magee Ranger Station has been rescinded. The rain received on 9/17/2016 was sufficient for fire management officials to determine that the closure was no longer necessary. Please note that there are still dangers when traveling through or recreating in fire areas. Be on the lookout for unstable […]Read More
The Coeur d Alene River Ranger District will be hand igniting test fires starting tomorrow, 9/14/2016, on the Upper River prescribed fire area near Magee. An area closure was signed today for public safety during ignitions. If conditions prove favorable during test fires, aerial ignitions will begin on Thursday and continue tentatively through Saturday. More […]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.