2021 Fall Prescribed Burning – Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Release Date: Oct 5, 2021

Forest Service News Release

Contact Title: Julie Thomas
Web: http://www.fs.usda.gov/snf/

2021 Fall Prescribed Burning – Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Cooler Temperatures Expected

Ketchum, Idaho – October 5, 2021

With wet and cooler weather expected Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) fire personnel will begin fall burning. Wet and cooler weather conditions are expected to arrive throughout the Sawtooth NRA in the coming days. These conditions will be perfect to begin fall burning projects.
Approximately 70 acres adjacent to Forest Service Road #210 (Decker Flats Road) have been identified for broadcast burning as part of the Redfish 210 Post-Insect Outbreak Fuels Project. Burn blocks that range in size from one to twenty acres are planned for ignitions when conditions allow. Please use caution if in the area.

Fire personnel will also begin burning slash piles as soon as the weather permits and will continue until conditions become too wet. The purpose of pile burning is to remove slash that has been generated from thinning and piling projects. Prescribed fire activities are highly weather dependent, which requires prescribed fire personnel to evaluate short- and long-term weather conditions and fuel moisture content. This process relies on coordination with the National Weather Service and Air quality regulators to determine the best possible weather conditions that promote smoke dispersal and limit smoke impacts to local and regional communities. Smoke will be seen in the area, along Highway 75, and may be visible for several days after implementation. For more information, please contact Michelle Erdie at 208-481-1069.
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