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Current Year Plans




Prescribed fire projects of various sizes are planned aross the Forest in 2018. Most will be conducted in the spring or fall with a few planned for the summer.  Additional information will be posted on this page as details become available. As individual projects are implemented, notices will be issued via the InciWeb site, news releases, or social media.


Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts

Prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat  

Individual vicinity maps for wildlife habitat prescribed fire projects: Caribou Trail, Gervais Landing, Halls Pond, Moose Fence, Pike Lake Road, Xmas-Richey Lake Road, Irish CreekNo

Northeast Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Trumpet/Koski Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Sylvania Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Two Moose Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Kawishiwi, Laurentian, and LaCroix Ranger Districts

Brimson Area Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Oak Blueberry Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Campers Lake Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Norwegian Island Point Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Kangas Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Pitcha Prescribed Fire Project, Map

Prescribed fire is a very important tool that forest managers use across the country in a variety of landscapes. Prescribed fires (a fire intentionally ignited in accordance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations to meet specific objectives) are carefully planned far in advance with involvement from specialists in all of the resource programs on the Forest. A prescribed fire is designed to be implemented under specific conditions to meet specific management objectives. Several considerations go into planning a prescribed fire including vegetation types, presence of sensitive plants or animals, visitor use, moisture in the vegetation, winds, relative humidity, and projected weather. In our area, spring and fall are usually the seasons when specific conditions for a particular prescribed fire project are met. The season for implementation of a particular prescribed fire may be based on considerations such as controlling certain invasive plants when their life history makes them vulnerable to fire or avoiding the nesting period of a sensitive bird species.  Prescribed fires are conducted by trained Forest Service personnel. In the days and hours leading up to the planned time to ignite a particular prescribed fire, Forest managers closely track and verify that current, as well as predicted conditions, are within specified parameters. Prescribed fire projects may be postponed prior to ignition or following a small “test” burn if conditions are determined to be outside of specified parameters.