Fire Management

Prescribed Fire

Image showing the front page of the story mapThe Payette National Forest conducts prescribed fires in the spring and fall of each year. Depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July. To find detailed information about prescribed fire on the Forest, please visit this Payette National Forest Planned Fuels Treatments Map.

These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values.  Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire. 

Fire Information 

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Information regarding wildfires that are currently under initial attack or extended initial attack will be posted to the Payette National Forest Facebook and Twitter @PayetteForest.

All wildfires over 100 acres in size, will be posted on our Interagency All-Risk Incident Information Management System (Inciweb) which is used as a source for incident and contact information, news releases, closure information, photos, maps and videos for incidents that occur on federal, state, tribal, and local jurisdictions.

For wildfire situations where urgent and timely information needs to be shared with the public, updates are posted on the Payette National Forest Facebook, Twitter @PayetteForest and the Payette National Forest Fire Information Hotline.

The Fire Information Hotline that will have the most up to date information about fires burning on the Payette National Forest.  This is a recorded message that is updated daily or as needed during fire season mid-July through October, but will be answered by a Fire Information Officer is critical wildfire behavior is occuring on the Forest.

Payette National Forest Fire Information Hotline and Fire Information Center:  208-634-0820.  If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call 208-634-6945.

Fire Closures 

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Fire is Part of Nature - The Forest Service Wildfire Crisis Strategy

Image showing the cover of the strategy documentNative Americans have used fire as a management tool for many thousands of years and later, the writings of the early Northwest explorers and settlers mention that forest and range fires were commonplace.  After huge forest fires burned large sections of Idaho in 1910, the Forest Service made suppressing wildfires a primary part of its mission.  Foresters knew that some trees had developed unique ways to survive fire, but little was known about what would happen to the forests if you fully excluded fire from the forest ecosystem.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Forest Service researched the role of fire in western ecosystems. They found that deadwood and undergrowth, which would normally be consumed by natural fires, was building up over time due to the absence of fires. This buildup was increasing the potential for wildfires in the future. Eventually, this led to a change in management philosophy and the practice of allowing fire to play a more natural role in certain ecosystems.

Today, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act highlights the crisis that exists in our National Forests.  A large part of the Payette National Forest has been identified as a Priority Fireshed where fuels reduction work needs to be accomplished in a timely manner and with a high priority.  Visit this page to learn about the Forest Service's Wildfire Crisis Strategy.


  • Dispatch Operating Guidelines

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    This plan facilitates centralized dispatching within the Payette National Forest protection area as identified in the Payette Fire Management Plan. This plan identifies initial response to fires as specified by fire managers. If you have question regarding this plan, please call our Fire Information line at 208-634-0820.