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Hughes Creek Prescribed Burn 3-19-15

The North Fork Ranger District is preparing to initiate implementation on the Ditch East Prescribed Fire Project. The District anticipates prescribed burning approximately 2772 acres within the identified project area utilizing numerous on the ground personnel and one helicopter.

The project area is approximately six miles north of North Fork, Idaho on the west side of Highway 93 and north of Forest Road 93 (Hughes Creek Road). Implementation could start as early as March 20th, 2015 and will continue as weather allows through April and in to early May. Smoke will likely be visible for several weeks in the project area. During this time Highway 93, forest roads in the vicinity and the community in and around Gibsonville will also experience smoke impacts from the prescribed fire.

The purpose of this prescribed burn is to reduce the density of forest vegetation consisting of both logging slash and natural fuels in an effort to help reduce the potential effects and threat of a future wildfire within the Hughes Creek sub-watershed and adjoining Gibbonsville community. The Ditch East prescribed burn is one of several projects being planned and implemented in the Upper North Fork Area to help reduce the threat of wildfire to local communities and natural resources.

If you have any questions regarding this project you may contact Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2731.


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