This closure is due to prescribed burning includes Alden Creek drainage, including the East Fork of Alden and Sheep Run Creek. This closure also includes a portion of the Deer Creek drainage. Trail 53 is closed for its entire length, from the junction with Road 332 on the north end to the junction with Trail […]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 (September 6, 2013) – National forest visitors this fall can expect to see occasional smoke and short term area closures due to planned prescribed fires in various locations across the Idaho Panhandle. It is recommended that hunters, hikers, campers and other forest visitors check the Idaho Panhandle National Forest(IPNF) website for […]Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (04/25/2013) Contact: Jason Kirchner 208-765-7211 The Idaho Panhandle National Forest plans to initiate their annual prescribed fire program starting today and continue into the following weeks. Prescribed burning is used to reduce dead and down fuels, selectively thin understory trees in dense forested stands, stimulate fire resistant plant species, enhance forage and browse, reduce […]Read More
Incident: Upper River Burning – Central Zone Prescribed Fire Released: 5/16/2012 Approximately 1500 acres of prescribed burning was completed in the Upper River Burning Project this spring. Portions of units 36, 53, 55a, 58, 59 and 62 were burned. Although no more ignition is planned for this spring, fall burning will likely commence again in September, depending […]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.