Prescribed Fire Program 2018/19

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

2017/18 Project Accomplishments

Total Acres Treated

Total Treated

Piles Treated

Understory Treated

7,097

4,795 Total

Amador 1,017 acres; Georgetown 1,947 acres;
Pacific 891 acres; Placerville 940 acres

1,875

Power and Caples projects

Planned District Projects for 2018/19 Season

Date: March 12, 2019

Forest Total

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Small image of map.

Total Acres Planned and Treated
 

Pile Planned

Piles Treated

Understory Planned

Understory Treated

Total Treated

Forest -wide Map

Forest Total

8,300

1,036

10,520

0

0

Map  (pdf) 1.9 Mb

 

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

45

1042

0

0

Project Map

Units 4 & 6 Maps

South of Highway 88

Tiger Creek

0

0

109

0

0

Map

Tiger Creek road

Caples

0

0

2000

0

0

See Placerville District map

North of Highway 88

Panther

0

0

200

0

0

 

Panther Creek area

Mokey Bear

50

0

303

0

0

Map

 

Oski Bear

200

0

100

0

0

Map

South of Bear River Reservoir

View 88

Project Summary

600

69

500

0

0

Map

Highway 88 corridor

Lost Horse

20

0

325

0

0

 

North side of Hwy 88 across from Bear River road

Power Fire Restoration

325

0

60

0

0

 

South of Highway 88

Foster Meadow

200

0

0

0

0

 

 

Prospect Rock

200

0

0

0

0

 

 

Bear

180

0

0

0

0

 

 

Silver Lake WUI

50

0

0

0

0

 

Silver Lake area

Callecat & Copycat

400

130

0

0

0

 

Cat Creek area

Goldfinger

30

0

0

0

0

 

 

Chips

150

0

0

0

0

 

Multiple project locations

District Total

2,405

244

4,639

0

0

 

 

 

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

Georgetown Maintenance

Project Summary

0

0

350

0

0

Swansboro

Bottlehill and Horneblende

Swansboro, Bottlehill, Horneblende

Tobacco Gulch

Project Summary

0

50

700

0

0

Map

Darling Ridge area

Big Grizzly

0

140

654

0

0

 

 

Compound

0

0

23

0

0

 

Ranger Station

King: En Garde

213

63

0

0

0

 

King Fire burn area

King: 2 Chaix

92

15

0

0

0

Map

King Fire burn area

King: Pompeii

300

70

0

0

0

Map

King Fire burn area

King: Cesar

96

0

0

0

0

Cesar North
Cesar South

King Fire burn area

Younger

58

0

0

0

0

 

 

Donaldson Park

2

0

0

0

0

 

Donaldson trailhead area

Admin/Rec Sites

8

2

0

0

0

 

 

District Total

769

340

1,727

0

0

 

 

 

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

473

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 1 of 8

Note: 1 large map of projects broken into 8 smaller maps.

Peavine Ridge area

Pacific & Crystal Compounds

0

0

65

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 2 of 8

 

King: Quidazoic

2,465

185

0

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 3 of 8

King Fire burn area - Round Canyon

Cleveland Ice (NWTF)

150

0

0

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 4 of 8

 

Administrative/ Recreation sites* 

300

0

0

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 5 of 8

* see below

SMUD Piles

30

0

0

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 6 of 8

 

Trimburgh

1,000

0

0

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 7 of 8

North of Union Valley Reservoir

District Total

3,945

185

538

0

0

Pacific Burn Projects map 8 of 8

 

* 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

Marshall Mine East

0

0

871

0

0

Map

Baltic Ridge east

Marshall Mine West

0

0

1,426

0

0

 

Baltic Ridge west

Silver Saddle

0

0

366

0

0

Map

Silver Fork road

Iron Trap

0

0

544

0

0

Map

Near the intersection of Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road

Caples

Project Summary

159

41

409

0

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Project Map

Burn Units Map

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

Roadrunner:  Highway 50 Fuel Break

Project Summary

752

216

0

0

0

Fire Adapted 50 Map

East End Map

Highway 50 

Trestle Hand Piles (NWTF)

270

0

0

0

0

 

 

District Total

1,181

267

3,616

0

0

 

 

 


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.





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