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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Air Quality

Weather

Smoke

 

Planned District Projects for 2017/18 Season

Accomplishments to Date: Novemberv16, 2017

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

3,209

5,676

145

3,354

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

Power Fire

0

 

1,275

 

 

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

 

 

Map

Highway 88 corridor

District Pile Burn

150

21

0

 

21

 

Various locations

Goldfinger

30

 

0

 

 

 

Gold Note area

Lost Horse

0

 

362

 

 

 

North side of Hwy 88 across from Bear River road

Oski Bear

29

140

0

 

140

Map

South of Bear River Reservoir

Tiger Creek

0

 

109

 

 

Map

Tiger Creek road

Callecat

 

368

 

 

368

 

Cat Creek area

District Total

709

579

2,085

 

579

 

 

 

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

0

 

350

 

 

Swansboro

Bottlehill and Horneblende

Swansboro, Bottlehill, Horneblende

Tobacco Gulch

0

 

750

 

 

 

Darling Ridge area

King: Ceser

558

439

0

 

439

Cesar North

Cesar South

King Fire burn area

King: 2 Chaix

670

 

0

 

 

Map

King Fire burn area

King: En Garde

805

382

0

 

382

 

King Fire burn area

King: Pompeii

1,004

270

0

 

270

Map

King Fire burn area

Smarty Jones

160

 

0

 

 

 

South of Volcanoville

Big Meadow

48

48

0

 

48

 

Big Meadows campground

Dru Barner

3

 

0

 

 

 

Dru Barner campground

Compound

0

 

23

 

 

 

Ranger Station

District Total

3,248

1,139

1,123

 

1,139

 

 

 

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

0

 

473

 

 

 

Peaving Ridge area

King: Quidazoic

3,348

410

0

 

410

 

King Fire burn area - Round Canyon

Administrative/ Recreation sites* 

1,276

255

0

 

255

 

* see below

SMUD Piles

30

 

0

 

 

 

 

Trimburgh

1,000

10

0

 

10

 

North of Union Valley Reservoir

District Total

5,654

675

473

 

675

 

 

* 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

0

 

380

 

 

Map

Silver Fork road

Marshall Mine

0

 

869

 

 

 

Baltic Ridge

Iron Trap

0

 

544

 

 

Map

Near the intersection of Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road

IFG

0

 

33

 

 

 

Carson road

Roadrunner: Highway 50 Fuelbreak

150

 

0

 

 

Map

Highway 50 and Silver Fork road

Raintree

652

796

0

 

796

 

South of Baltic Ridge

Silver Fork Roadside Brushing

10

 

0

 

 

 

Silver Fork road

District Total

853

816

1,995

145

961

 

 

 


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.