Prescribed Fire Program 2019/20

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 14,000 acres of National Forest land are available 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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Planned District Projects for 2019/20 Season

Date: March 10, 2020

Forest Total

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Small image of map.

Total Acres Planned and Treated
 

Piles Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Forest -wide Map

Forest Total

7,874

3,296

14,126

258

3,554

Map  (pdf) 1.9 Mb

The total planned acres are areas that are available to burn if we have the burn windows, not necessarily what we are going to burn. Prescribed burning is dependent on burn windows, air quality, weather/fuel conditions, resources availability, and funding.

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

Amador Acres Planned and Treated

Project Name

Piles Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Power Fire

Project Summary

0

166

1500

0

166

Project Map

Units 4 & 6 Maps

South of Highway 88

Caples

Project Summary

0

0*

3000

0*

0

See Placerville District 

North of Highway 88.

*Acres not reported yet as prescribed acreage as wildfire acres are being determined.

View 88

Project Summary

100 647 200 5 652

Map

Highway 88 corridor

Scottiago

100

0

1200

0

0

 

 

Panther

0

0

150

0

0

 

Panther Creek area

Mokey Bear

0

0

100

0

0

Map

 

Oski Bear

0

10

75

0

10

Map

South of Bear River Reservoir

Tiger Creek

0

0

150

0

0

Map

Tiger Creek road

Lost Horse

0

0

300

0

0

 

North side of Hwy 88 across from Bear River road

Power Fire Reforestation

250

156

60

0

156

 

South of Highway 88

Foster Meadow

500

480

0

0

480

 

 

Callecat & Copycat

1000

850

0

0

850

 

Cat Creek area

Prospect Rock

250

0

0

0

0

 

 

Bear

100

0

0

0

0

 

 

Silver Lake WUI

50

0

0

0

0

 

Silver Lake area

Chips

150

0

0

0

0

 

Multiple project locations

District Total

2,500

2,153

6,735

0

2,158

 

 

 

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

Georgetown Acres Planned and Treated

Project Name

Piles Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Big Grizzly

40

0

150

0

0

 

 

Georgetown Maintenance

Project Summary

0

0

310

0

0

Swansboro

Bottlehill and Horneblende

Swansboro, Bottlehill, Horneblende

Tobacco Gulch

Project Summary

44

42

500

103

145

Map

Darling Ridge area

Georgetown Compound

0 0 23 0 0

 

Ranger District location

King: En Garde

335

220

0

0

220

 

King Fire burn area

King: 2 Chaix

260

159

0

0

159

Map

King Fire burn area

King: Pompeii

50

187

0

0

187

Map

King Fire burn area

King: Younger

140

0

0

0

0

 

King Fire burn area

Chiquita

0

0

2500

0

0

 

 

District Total

869

608

3,484

103

711

 

 

 

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

Pacific Acres Planned and Treated

Project Name

Piles Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Wharf Whale

0

0

483

150

150

Vicinity Map

Burn Units Map

Pacific District Burn Projects map

Peavine Ridge area

Pacific & Crystal Compounds

0

2

65

0

2

Pacific District Burn Projects map

 

King: Quidazoic

2,200

345

0

0

345

Pacific District Burn Projects map

King Fire burn area - Round Canyon

Cleveland Ice (NWTF)

100

17

0

0

17

Pacific District Burn Projects map

 

Administrative/ Recreation sites* 

200

2

0

0

2

Pacific District Burn Projects map

* see below

John Don't

500

0

0

0

0

Pacific District Burn Projects map

 

Trimburgh

300

0

0

0

0

Pacific District Burn Projects map

North of Union Valley Reservoir

District Total

3,300

365

548

150

515

Pacific District Burn Projects map

 

* 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

Project Name

Piles Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Project Map

Location

Caples

Project Summary

159

0*

409

0*

0

2019 Project Map

2019 Burn Units Map

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

*Acres not reported yet as prescribed acreage as wildfire acres are being determined.

Silver Saddle

0 0 272 0 0

Map

Silver Fork road

Marshall Mine East

0

0

871

0

0

Map

Baltic Ridge east

Marshall Mine West

0

0

1,426

0

0

 

Baltic Ridge west

Iron Trap

0

0

382

0

0

Map

Near the intersection of Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road

Roadrunner:  Highway 50 Fuel Break

Project Summary

200

151

0

0

151

Fire Adapted 50 Map

East End Map

Highway 50 

Trestle Hand Piles (NWTF)

220

19

0

0

19

 

 

Grizzly

64

0

0

0

0

   

Pilliken

562

0

0

0

0

   

District Total

1,205

170

3,360

0

170

 

 

 


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 teresa.riesenhuber@usda.gov


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.





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