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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue 

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June 26, 2019



Welcome to your National Forest. The number of forest visitors increases as the 4th of July and summer holidays near. With more visitors, the holiday season, warmer temperature and a drying trend in vegetation, the risk of fire is increasing.  Fire managers on the Forests are reminding visitors to be careful with fire.

Fireworks are prohibited on all national forests year‐round.  No fireworks of any kind may be discharged anywhere within National Forest System Lands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Violators can be subject to a citation and fine with a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in jail. Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs and those costs can be substantial. 

While the National Forest looks green, fire danger is still a concern. Fires can start quickly and will burn in vegetation that seems green but is drying out. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold to the touch. Always use caution. One spark is all it takes to start a wildfire.



Wildland firefighter safety is a top priority

The wildland firefighter wakes up before the sun on a fire assignment to lace up fire boots and throw on Nomex pants and shirt as they get ready for anything and everything --the strain of the uphill hikes, the Pulaski’s swinging in union as they dig line, the humming of chainsaws, the quick decent of  rappellers from the sky, the leap of faith from the smokejumper, the cooling hose spray from the engines, the hot smoke-filled days and then nights, the wilderness, the fire.

Wildland firefighters work and often spend most of their time in the forest, an adventurous yet occasionally dangerous place. Increased vegetation, variable weather from expected norms, and a growing wildland urban interface creates a very dynamic and complex environment for firefighters to fight fire.

Wildland firefighters are our neighbors, friends and family members. We can’t thank them enough for their passion for protecting our public lands and serving local communities.

Firefighter safety, and the safety of the public, is a core value and is intrinsic in all areas of wildland fire management. All fire management plans and activities must reflect this commitment. The commitment to and accountability for safety is a joint responsibility of all firefighters, managers, and administrators.

The goal of the fire safety program is to provide direction and guidance for safe and effective management in all activities. Safety is the responsibility of everyone assigned to wildland fire, and must be practiced at all operational levels from the national fire director, state/regional director, and unit manager, to employees in the field. Firefighter and public safety always takes precedence over property and resource loss.

When fighting fire, managers must consider all values at risk, including exposure of our responders. Sometimes it is safest to use a direct attack method, digging fire line as close to the fire as possible as they put out the advancing flames with their tools. This method is possible when vegetation is light and weather conditions cooperate. When vegetation is thick and the weather is less predictable, it is often safer to try to stop the fire using existing roads, rivers, geological barriers, rock breaks and ridgelines. This may burn more acres but gives firefighters a better chance of stopping the fire safely. The flames burn too hot and it is not safe to go direct in this situation. This is known as indirect line. No structure or resource is worth putting a life in danger. In efforts to minimize risks and ensure operational success, sometimes firefighters are unable to directly engage when the risks are too great and a safer option can’t be found.

Managing wildfire has become very complex and challenging and is compounded by many factors including longer fire seasons, with more frequent larger fires that burn hotter due to abundant vegetation, hot and drier weather conditions and limited availability of resources and assets. Included in the complexity are varying land management objectives across boundaries which we are now utilizing shared stewardship to work together better. We want to develop and maintain relationships with the communities we serve. Land managers want to ensure the greatest probability of success, and reduce expanding risks to communities, natural resources and most importantly, our firefighters. We want everyone to return home after every fire.

The Heart of a Firefighter

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The video portrays the brave wildland firefighters of all federal, state and local agencies serving to protect millions of acres of our forests, our communities, and our natural resources. For more information, please go to:

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Intermountain Region Wildfire Activity Map

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Fire activity across the Nation and the Intermountain Region.

Great Basin Fire Potential Outlook for June 26, 2019

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Please check in daily for the most current fire potential briefing for the Intermountain Region.

Great Basin Seasonal Outlook for June thru September 2019

Seasonal Outlook

Fire Potential Outlook for June 2019

June Outlook

Visit for more detailed information for the predictive services extended forecast.

Issued: June 1, 2019


Impact map

Below Are Some Fires Managed by the Forest Service and Other Interagency Cooperators in the Great Basin.

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South Monroe Prescribed Fire

The Richfield Ranger District on the Fishlake National Forest conducted a 2,500 acre prescribed fire project on Monroe Mountain in mixed conifer and aspen last week and is continuing some clean up burning to eliminate future issues. The project is a continuation of similar prescribed fires that have been implemented as part of the Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystem Restoration Project.

The purpose of this prescribed fire is to help restore aspen ecosystems on Monroe Mountain by reducing conifer competition and stimulate new aspen sprouting across the landscape. Additionally, through the use of prescribed burning, hazardous fuel accumulations will be reduced, which in turn reduces the risk to life, property and natural resources, while promoting aspen regeneration.

Roger Ottmar,( Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory) and his FASSME (Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment) Team were onsite. They monitored the dynamics of fuel, fuels consumption, fire behavior, plume dynamics, and smoke was measured. Last week provide invaluable data for evaluating and advancing operational fire and smoke models.


Skull Flat

The Skull Flat Fire caused by lightning on Tuesday, June 18 and has burned 10 acres in mixed conifer fuel type. The Forest Service is looking at managing this ignition to help improve the Beaver City Watershed. Fire personnel will be utilizing past fuel treatments, fires from previous years and snow pack to contain the fire. Fire managers are considering best fire suppression tactics that will limit the amount of time that smoke will impact the local communities while still allowing the ignition to improve the Beaver City Municipal Watershed.




Buster Fire

The Buster Fire is estimated 21 acres and is burning in grass and brush; approximately two (2) miles downriver of North Fork near Sage Creek on the North Fork Ranger District.  Fire activity is smoldering and creeping and is burning upslope in steep, rocky terrain. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Tamarack Fire

The 5 acre fire on the Humboldt-Toiyabe was started by lightning at 8,300 feet elevation. Fire managers are using this fire as a resource benefit fire due to its location in steep and rugged terrain in the wilderness. Resource benefit fires are managed for multiple objectives including reducing fuel accumulation, maintaining fire adapted ecosystems, and firefighter and public safety. Lightning fire is a natural occurrence that plays an important part in the fire dependent ecosystem.

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Union Fire

The fire is 1,245 acres burning in tall grass and brush 35 miles northeast of Lovelock, Nevada in Pershing county. No other information available at this time.




Sjhoberg Rx

The Big Piney Ranger District is planning a prescibed burn if strict parameters are met for weather and fire behavior conditions. Slash from recent timber sale activity will be burned, stimulating aspen re-growth, reducing conifer encroachment and fuel build up while restoring fire adaptive ecosystems.

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