Prescribed Fire Information

Picture showing a low intensity prescribed fire creeping past mature trees.

Prescribed fire on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is used to provide a variety of benefits including reduced risk of catastrophic wildfire and improved forest health. Despite the numerous benefits prescribed fires provide we recognize that planned fires and smoke can affect forest visitors and local communities. 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 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 the North Idaho RX Fire 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 1-800-232-FIRE.

Specific information, including maps and geographic descriptions, on where planned fires may occur can be found by clicking on the following ranger district headings:

Priest Lake Ranger District: 

  •  Lakeview/Reeder (520 acres): East side of Lakeview Mtn. (near Elkins Resort) 

Bonners Ferry Ranger District:

  • Stampede (200 acres): Near Stampede Lake and the community of Naples
  • Twin Skin (50 acres): Approximately 10 miles northeast of Moyie Springs, ID in the vicinity of Salomon Lake
  • Snow Way (320 acres): Approximately 6 miles southwest of Bonners Ferry, ID in the Snow Creek drainage
  • Blazing Saddle (90 acres): Approximately 11 miles west of Porthill, ID in the Saddle Creek drainage
  • Idaho Buckhorn Habitat Burn (450 acres): Approximately 7 miles north of Moyie Springs, ID in the Deer Creek drainage north of Keno Creek and east of Buckhorn Ridge. Aerial ignition will be used to ignite the burn units 

Sandpoint Ranger District:

  • South Grouse (250 acres): On Grouse Mountain, approximately 4 miles east of Sagle
  • West Gold (75 acres): Approximately 2 miles southwest of Lakeview
  • Prospect (100 acres) and Gold Pond (30 acres): Approximately 4 miles south of Bayview

Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District:

  • Deerfoot Project Area (800 acres): East and northeast of Hayden Lake within the Nilson, Two Forks, Three Forks,  Jim Creek and Yellowbanks Creek drainages
  • Blue Alder Project Area (700 acres): In the Blue Alder project area near Fourth of July Pass and within the Blue Creek and Alder Creek drainages
  • Prichard-Murray Project Area (1000 acres): In the vicinity of Prichard in the Clee Creek, Avery Creek, Hopkins Creek and main Coeur d’Alene River drainages.

St. Joe Ranger District:

  • T-Bone Timber Sale (36 acres): Located approximately 4 miles north of Clarkia, Idaho in the Blair Creek drainage. Hand ignition will be used to ignite the unit. The unit is within Shoshone County, ID.
  • Manhattan Timber Sale (89 acres): Located in the Kelly and Manhattan Creek drainages approximately 11 miles northeast of Avery, ID. Road 3472 may be impacted. The burn unit is within Shoshone County, ID.
  • Quarreling Eagles Timber Sale (69 acres): Located in the Eagle Creek drainage, approximately 13 miles northeast of Avery, ID.  Roads 3444, 1214, and 1214D may be impacted. The burn unit is within Shoshone County, ID.