Crews across the forest will begin brush pile burning in multiple units on each district. Activity will occur over the next couple of months.
The piles are in areas where fire crews have completed fuels reduction projects, which include thinning and removing lower limbs from trees, and removing dead wood and brush from the forest floor. Pile burning is an effective way of eliminating woody debris, affording benefits to wildlife habitat, while lessening the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large scale fire.
All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan. Burning will occur only if weather and air quality conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion. Burning may have some short-term impacts on air-quality levels, but will be accomplished during weather conditions minimizing impacts.
There will be an increase of fire personnel and equipment across the forest.
Fire officials ask that the public uses caution when traveling in the burned area. Be alert for hazards such as snag trees, slick ash, and erosion. Hazard tree removal has been done along road right of ways. During wind events, an increase in snags falling may occur within the burn perimeter.
As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands the US Forest Service now requires the use of weed-free feed within all Pacific Northwest National Forest land (2009). Weed free feed includes commercially processed pellets, steamed and rolled grains, or state certified weed-free feed. To view the planning documents associated with this order, including the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, visit the Regional Invasive Plant Website or more information visit the Regional Weed Free Feed Website.