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 Wildfire News


The Payette National Forest has lifted Fire Restrictions effective September 15, 2017.  Camp fires are allowed at all locations on National Forest lands.

There are no wildfire currently burning on the Payette National Forest.


During the summer months and into early fall, it is likely that the Payette National Forest has some large fire activity taking place.

For information on large wildfires on other National Foresst, click this link for Inciweb.

The Forest, and none of the Payette Zones are under Fire Restrictions - NO FIRE RESTRICTIONS at this time.

Forest Closures are in effect for parts of the Forest - please click this link for information

We have established a fire information hotline that will have the most up to date information about fires burning on the Forest.  This is a recorded message that is updated daily.  Payette National Forest Fire Information Hotline and Fire Information Center:  208-634-0820.

If you would like to receive daily fire updates, we are now using an email system called Gov Delivery.  We are no longer using Gmail due to it being unreliable.  It is very easy to signup for daily fire updates through Gov Delivery - just click this link.

The Payette National Forest uses Facebook and Twitter for posting fire information.  Follow us on Click here.  US-Forest-Service-Payette-National-Forest

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Fire has always been a part of nature

Photograph - shows a column of smoke from a wildland fire in the forestThe writings of the early Northwest explorers and settlers mention that forest and range fires were commonplace. Then, as now, most fires were lightning caused.  After huge forest fires burned large sections of Idaho in 1910, the Forest Service made suppressing wildfires a primary part of its mission.  Foresters knew that some trees had developed unique ways to survive fire, but little was known about what would happen to the forests if you fully excluded fire from the forest ecosystem.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Forest Service researched the role of fire in western ecosystems.  They found that deadwood and undergrowth, which would normally be burned up by natural fires, was building up over time due to the absence of fires.  This buildup was increasing the potential for wildfires in the future.  Eventually, this lead to a change in management philosophy and the practice of allowing fire to play a more natural role in certain ecosystems.  Today, the Payette National Forest conducts thousands of acres of prescribed burning per year.

The Payette National Forest is home to some of the best firefighters, and their mission has not changed.  Fires that are not planned, or pose a threat to human safety or property continue to be actively suppressed.

Fire as a Tool

Dispatch Operating Guidelines:  The intent of this plan is to facilitate centralized dispatching within the Payette National Forest protection area as identified in the Payette Fire Management Plan.  This plan identifies Payette Dispatch’s initial response to fires as specified by fire managers.  If you have question regarding this plan, please call our Fire Information line at 208-634-0820.


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