On Monday, May 22nd the Middle Fork Fire Program implemented one of the two Armet units identified. Ignition of this 22 acre unit was completed in one shift and the unit was secured and mopped up to the extent necessary at the end of the day. Planned ignition of a second unit, Armet 25 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th and will be a similar size with expected ignitions to be completed in one shift. Continued staffing and patrol of these units will continue through the weekend and it is not expected that noticeable amounts of smoke will be visible beyond Thursday or Friday.
Landscape treatments such as thinning create fuel loading inside of units that can create heightened fire behavior and mortality during wildfire events. Prescribed fire in these areas removes large concentrations of these fuels and builds resiliency in the stands. Fire applied under prescriptive parameters including flame height and spread, allow for a reduction of fuel under a favorable conditions. These treatments reduce the threat of future fire, help create healthy stands and are an imperative tool for fire managers.