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HUMBUG AND CRONE GULCH PRESCRIBED FIRE 4-15-16
The North Fork Ranger District plans to finish the remaining 1,000 acres of 2,600 acre Humbug Prescribed Fire that targets fuels reduction along the Hughes Creek Road and initiate prescribed fire activities within the Crone Gulch area. Both projects complete the final phase of enhancing the fuels modification zone to reduce the wildland fire threat to local residents, communities and to our fire responders.
The Humbug RX is located approximately one and a half to three (1½-3) miles up Hughes Creek Road.
Crone Gulch RX is located approximately two (2) miles north of Gibbonsville.
Weather services are predicting another small window where conditions will meet ecosystem objectives between 4/18/16 through 4/21/16. These objectives limit tree mortality and enhance desirable vegetation for wildlife.
There is a need to complete the Humbug Prescribed Burn that was initiated on April 8-10, 2016. This burn was not completed due to snow accumulation within drainages and northwestern slopes; high fuel moisture levels within the grasses, down woody debris; and changing weather conditions. Hand and aerial ignition will be used.
The purpose of the projects is to improve timber stand resilience and wildlife habitat by reducing fuel loading within the project area. The removal of this hazardous fuels will help reduce wildfire impacts to the community of Gibbonsville and will serve to benefit future wildfire suppression efforts. This project will help protect private property and the local community.
Both projects are supported through the National Fire Plan (2000), Healthy Forest Initiatives (2004), Healthy Forests Restoration Act (2004) and the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (2014)
Smoke will be visible in the local communities including Gibbonsville, North Fork, and Salmon including the Highway 93 corridor. Smoke will also be visible for several days after implementation due to fuel loading and weather conditions. The presence of smoke may be as far south as Salmon and as far north as Moose Creek Estates.
Expect additional Forest Service employees within the community at your local stores, hotels and restaurants.
Prescribed fire activity is highly weather dependent. Activities may take place at any time in March through June. Please use caution in these listed areas during burning operations and observe any posted signs in the area. These areas may also be considered for prescribed burning in the fall if weather conditions permit.
For more information, please contact Wade McPhetridge, Zone Fuels Planner at 208-865-2733 or Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2731.
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