Due to the recent shift in temperatures and precipitation, favorable conditions are forecasted in the coming weeks to provide prescribed burning opportunities across the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fuels, prepare areas for tree planting, and improve wildlife forage. Multiple prescribed burning projects are planned this fall, although the exact day of ignitions will depend upon conditions aligning with safe implementation.
The Bottom Canyon and Lone Cabin projects on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District will be the first ignitions for the season and could begin as early as Wednesday, Sept. 13. These project areas receive close to double the annual precipitation of Coeur d’Alene.