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Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement

The Stanislaus National Forest is seeking diverse candidates for wildland firefighter training. Candidates must have a desire to be physically fit, enjoy working in the outdoors, and aspire to work in a team environment in adverse conditions. The STF will provide all the training materials, equipment, and field gear to participate in required field day training exercises. The participant must provide sturdy field boots for the field day on Thursday, June 6. Learn more and apply here.


Prescribed fires planned for Stanislaus National Forest

Fire managers plan prescribed fires on all ranger districts

Prescribed burn on Summit Ranger DistrictPrescribed burning is an effective, cost efficient method of reducing flammable forest fuels, improving firefighting capabilities and reducing impacts of large, uncontrolled and damaging wildland fires. This may include lighting a fire in an area for various purposes after careful planning and under controlled conditions. 

A prescribed fire enhances public and firefighter safety by reducing the build-up of dead and down fuels and reduces the threat of high-intensity wildfire while protecting watershed values and wildlife habitat by creating a mosaic pattern of vegetation, rather than a dense covering.

Before a prescribed fire begins, fire personnel confirm that a specific set of conditions exist, including relative humidity, temperature, moisture content and favorable air conditions. The forest supervisor or district ranger reviews approves each planned burn. On the Stanislaus National Forest these burns generally occur in fall and spring, when conditions are favorable. 

Learn more about the forest's prescribed burn program. You can view where firefighters will be conducting controlled burns on the forest by visiting the news and events section, listed below.

Over-Snow Use Designation Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

A-OSV RiderThe Stanislaus National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposal to designate oversnow vehicle use on National Forest System  roads, trails and areas within the forest, and to identify snow trails for grooming within the Stanislaus National Forest. In addition, the Forest Service is proposing to establish snow depths for OSV use and snow grooming. View OSV use designation draft EIS project information.