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BURN ALERT 4-22-14

The Salmon Challis National Forest, North Fork Ranger District and Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, are planning on conducting prescribed burning near Gibbonsville and in the South Fork of Williams Creek. The burn activities will occur when weather and fuels conditions are favorable to achieve burn objectives. The planned burns may occur as early as April 25th and continue for several days. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 93 and Salmon.

There are three units where burning may occur. The first and second units are the North Fork & Gibbonsville Units. The North Fork unit is located in the Hughes Creek area which includes 195 acres in Ransack Loop. The Gibbonsville unit includes 488 acres north of Dahlonega creek, between Smithy and Three Mile Creeks. The purpose of these burns is to reduce the slash generated by thinning/logging activities. These units were selectively cut, to reduce the thickness/density of trees in targeted areas as part of a larger forest plan to decrease fire hazard to the surrounding communities.

The third unit is the South Fork of Williams Creek Unit, which encompasses 1082 acres above the S. Fork of Williams Creek. The purpose of this burn is to modify fuels to restore ecological function, to promote fire resilient species by regenerating aspen and other fire resistant species, and to reduce potential for catastrophic wildfire & its effects on wildlife, riparian areas, and aquatic systems.

For further information please contact Tom Schultz at the North Fork Ranger District, 208-865-2700 or Melissa Sartor at the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, 208-756-5200.






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