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 on the northeast side of Hayden Lake. The burning will help improve and maintain Ponderosa Pine and Western Larch stands in this area by removing hazardous fuels and promoting the growth of large, resilient tree species.
If conditions are favorable during test fires, aerial ignitions will take place on Thursday, September 29. Fire personnel will be on hand throughout operations, and will continue to patrol the area until the fires are completely out. Rain is expected by the weekend, and residents in the area can expect to see smoke until then.
While there are no closures in place, the public is asked to avoid the area. If you plan on recreating or hunting near these project areas, make sure you understand your location relative to the burn units. If you find yourself in an active burn area, you should travel downslope, or away from the predominant path of flames, because fire typically burns fastest upslope.
A complete list of planned prescribed fires including contact information, maps and closures is available online at www.northidahorxfire.com . Please check back regularly for the most current information in the prescribed fire area. Information and updates will also be maintained on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Facebook page as well as the prescribed fire hotline at 1-800-232-FIRE.