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PRESCRIBED FIRE SEASON BEGINS 5-1-14

The Salmon Challis National Forest, North Fork Ranger District began conducting prescribed burning near Gibbonsville on April 30.

The burning was implemented in Gibbonsville Unit as fire was successfully applied to 300 acres of the 488 acre unit that lies north of Dahlonega creek, between Smithy and Three Mile Creeks. The purpose of this burn 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.

Smoke was visible yesterday from Hwy 93, Gibbonsville, North Fork, and Salmon. These areas continue to observe smoke this morning. Smoke from this prescribed fire was much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. The North Zone of the Salmon?]Challis National Forest anticipates one more day of smoke visible in the Salmon area.

As of today, May 1, plans are underway to implement a prescribed fire project located in 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.

The prescribed fire activity this week is the main activity anticipated on the North Zone of the Forest this spring. Additional burn activities may occur later this spring in the South Fork of Williams Creek Unit, if weather and fuels conditions continue to be favorable to achieve burn objectives.

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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