Prescribed Burn Program

Projects are developed year round but the active burning aspect happens in the Fall as fuel moisture levels and weather improve through the Spring   Approximately 12,000 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring.

Prescribed fires and pile burning are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation, such as needles, small plants, brush, and small trees, which can carry fire from the forest floor into the canopy. Studies and experience have shown that prescribed fires will stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife.

Forest Cameras

There are 2 cameras on the Eldorado National Forest at Big Hill and Sierra at Tahoe. These cameras were added to the Alert Tahoe network and are intended to monitor for wildfires.


Planned District Projects for 2016/17 Season

 

Accomplishments to Date: July 18, 2017

Acres Treated by Type and Unit
Project Name Acres Planned Pile Treated Understory Treated Total Treated
Amador District   505 598 1,103
Lost Horse 663   301 301
Mokey Bear 175 47 8 55
View 88 379 26 172 198
Ellis   25   25
Oski   80   80
Caples Campground   7   7
Prospect Rock   130   130
Calle Cat   130   130
Tiger Creek   85 117 202
Georgetown District   2,854 236 3,090
Big Grizzly 654   236 236
Darling 365      
University Falls 120      
Cesar Piles   1,362   1,362
Pompeii Piles   400   400
Cable Point Fuelbreak   48   48
2 Chaix   742   742
Cement Hill   141   141
Quintette   130   130
Dru Barner   1   1
Pompeii   30   30
Pacific District   10 229 239
Peninsula 229   229 229
Wharf Whale 473      
Pacific Compound   2   2
District Pile Burns 130 8   8
Placerville District   44 290 334
Iron Trap 545      
Marshall Mine 130   25 25
Silver Saddle 295   264 264
Nursery Rx     1 1
Raintree   44   44
District Pile Burns 750      
Total   3,413 1,353 4,765

Projects:

Amador Ranger District:  Highway 88 corridor and south.

For more information contact 209-295-4251.

  • Lost Horse Prescribed Fire - 663 acres located on the north side of Hwy 88 across from Bear River road
  • View 88 Prescribed Fire - 379 acres in the Hwy 88 corridor
  • Mokey Bear Prescribed Fire - 175 acres just east of Lumberyard on Highway 88
  • Oski Bear Prescribed Fire - 200 acres south of Bear River Reservoir
  • Tiger Creek Fuel Reduction - 194 acres understory and pile burning
  • Prospect Rock – 36 acres of landing piles north side of Hwy 88 near Hams Station.

Placerville Ranger District:  Highway 50 corridor and south.

For more information contact 530-644-2324.

  • Iron Trap Prescribed Fire - 545 acres located near the intersection of Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road
  • Marshall Mine Prescribed Fire - 130 acres located near Happy Valley and 893 acres near Baltic Ridge
  • Silver Saddle Prescribed Fire - 295 acres near Silver Fork road
  • Placerville District Pile Burn - approximately 750 acres of pile burning district wide

Pacific Ranger District: Crystal Basin and Ice House road areas.

For more information contact 530-644-2349.

  • Peninsula Prescribed Fire - 229 acres
  • Wharf Whale Prescribed Fire - 473 acres
  • Pacific District Pile Burn -130 acres district wide

Georgetown Ranger District: Georgetown, Stumpy Meadows, and Hell Hole areas.

For more information contact 530-333-4312.

Prescribed fire updates will be posted on the forest Twitter account which can be viewed at www.twitter.com/EldoradoNF.  Individuals who sign up to follow the forest Twitter account will receive a message when new information is posted. 

For more information, contact Teresa Riesenhuber at (530) 621-5223, or email at triesenhuber@fs.fed.us


Smoke

The Forest Service must comply and coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts. Smoke may continue for days after actual ignition because of the large scale of these projects. The Forest Service recommends that people living in or near the forest contact the nearest ranger station if they have respiratory illness or think the smoke might adversely affect them. These people will be placed on a “Sensitive Persons List” and will be notified of impending prescribed burning projects.