Prescribed Fire Program 2017/18

Photo of firefighter igniting a prescribed fire with a drip torch along the edge of the road.


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 13,000 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 5 cameras on the Eldorado National Forest at Big Hill, Bunker Hill, Leek Springs, Bald Mountain and Sierra at Tahoe. These cameras were added to the Alert Tahoe network and are intended to monitor for wildfires.

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Weather

Smoke

 

Planned District Projects for 2017/18 Season

Accomplishments to Date: February 20, 2018

Forest Total

Total Acres Planned and Treated by Type

Project Name

Piles Planned

Pile Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Projects Map

Forest Total

10,464

4,301

5,676

332

4,633

Map of all prescribed burning project locations (pdf) 1.7 Mb

 

Amador Ranger District:  Highway 88 corridor and South. 209-295-4251.

Amador Acres Planned and Treated by Type

Project Name

Piles Planned

Pile Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Lost Horse     362   0   North side of Hwy 88 across from Bear River road
Tiger Creek     109   0 Map Tiger Creek road

Power Fire

 

 

1,275

 

0

Project Map

Units 4 & 6 Maps

South of Highway 88

Mokey Bear

50

50

175

 

50

Map

East of Lumberyard on Highway 88

View 88

450

 

164

 

0

Map

Highway 88 corridor

District Pile Burn

 

21

 

 

21

 

Various locations

Goldfinger

150

150

 

 

150

 

Gold Note area

Oski Bear

200

200

 

 

200

Map

South of Bear River Reservoir

Callecat

368

368

 

 

368

 

Cat Creek area
Silver Lake WUI   21     21   Silver Lake area
Bear 150 150     150   Bear River Reservoir area

District Total

1,368

939

2,085

 

939

 

 

 

Georgetown Ranger District: Georgetown, Stumpy Meadows, and Hell Hole areas. 530-333-4312.

Georgetown Acres Planned and Treated by Type

Project Name

Piles Planned

Pile Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Georgetown Maintenance

 

 

350

40

40

Swansboro

Bottlehill and Horneblende

Swansboro, Bottlehill, Horneblende

Tobacco Gulch

 

 

750

147

147

Map

Darling Ridge area

King: Cesar

558

439

 

 

439

Cesar North

Cesar South

King Fire burn area

King: 2 Chaix

670

170

 

 

170

Map

King Fire burn area

King: En Garde

805

382

 

 

382

 

King Fire burn area

King: Pompeii

1,004

530

 

 

530

Map

King Fire burn area

Smarty Jones

160

10

 

 

10

 

South of Volcanoville

Big Meadows

48

48

 

 

48

 

Big Meadows campground

Dru Barner

3

0

 

 

0

 

Dru Barner campground

Compound

 

 

23

0

0

 

Ranger Station

District Total

3,248

1,579

1,123

187

1,766

 

 

 

Pacific Ranger District: Crystal Basin and Ice House road areas. 530-644-2349.

Pacific Acres Planned and Treated by Type

Project Name

Piles Planned

Pile Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Wharf Whale

 

 

473

0

0

 

Peaving Ridge area

King: Quidazoic

3,348

596

 

 

596

 

King Fire burn area - Round Canyon

Administrative/ Recreation sites* 

1,276

285

 

 

285

 

* see below

SMUD Piles

30

0

 

 

0

 

 

Trimburgh

1,000

10

 

 

10

 

North of Union Valley Reservoir

District Total

5,654

891

473

0

891

 

 

* Administrative/ Recreation sites: (Ice House cg, South Fork Gp, Wench Cr. Gp, Azalea cove cg, Crystal Admin site, Wrights Lake cg and tract, Gerle Cr. tract, Sunset cg, and Cleveland Corral. 

 

Placerville Ranger District:  Highway 50 corridor and south. 530-644-2324.

Placerville Acres Planned and Treated by Type

Project Name

Piles Planned

Pile Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Caples

41

20

169

145

165

Project Map

Burn Units Map

North of Highway 88, in the vicinity of Jake Schneider and Government Meadows, Kirkwood and Caples Lakes. Project page.

Silver Saddle

 

 

380

0

0

Map

Silver Fork road

Marshall Mine

 

18

869

0

18

Map

Baltic Ridge

Iron Trap

 

 

544

0

0

Map

Near the intersection of Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road

IFG

 

 

33

0

0

Map

Carson road

Roadrunner: Highway 50 Fuelbreak

150

58

 

 

58

Fire Adapted 50 Map

East End Map

Highway 50 

Raintree

652

796

 

 

796

Map

South of Baltic Ridge

Silver Fork Roadside Brushing

10

0

 

 

0

Map

Silver Fork road

District Total

853

892

1,995

145

1037

 

 

 


Updates

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.