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50 Acre Prescribed Fire Needed within Woodhead Fire Area Needed to Prepare Site for Planting

Prospect Fire looking north from the south side of the Prospect Creek drainage. 9/4/2022. Photo by Cory Flesher

In 2020 the Woodhead Fire impacted 20,000 acres of endowment land. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) quickly responded and successfully planned salvage operations to capture the remaining value of damaged and dying timber before the fire was fully extinguished.

Tomorrow marks the next crucial step in the reforestation process, a prescribed fire to prepare a 50-acre site withing the Woodhead Fire area for planting.

At 9 a.m. PT on Thursday, September 15, IDL will burn slash leftover from timber salvage operations on a piece of endowment land roughly the size of 38 football fields. Burning operations should conclude about 5 p.m., but smoke may be visible for up to 48 hours. The prescribed burn will adhere to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s smoke and airshed management requirements. IDL also worked with Washington and Adams County’s to plan this prescribed fire.

Seedlings are ordered and scheduled for planting in two weeks.

Given favorable weather conditions and the location of the burn site within an area previously burned over in 2020, fire managers rate the risk of the fire spreading as very low. Nevertheless, an IDL fire engine will be on scene.