Hunters in the Tex Creek Zone should be aware of prescribed burn activity in Unit 66. Some minor trail and area closures may be in effect into the first week of September as the Forest Service wraps up fire activity. Archery seasons for both deer and elk will be open during this time so hunters need to be aware and respect the closures for their safety. All closures will be temporary and mostly occur between Commissary Ridge and Fourth of July Ridge. All major roads in the area are expected to remain open.
The Fall Creek Aspen Improvement Project was initiated by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in partnership with Idaho Fish and Game and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The primary purpose of these prescribed burns is to improve big game habitat by stimulating aspen growth and diversifying vegetation communities. Forest officials have treated 3,870 acres of the 24,000-acres project area since 2008. Three more units remain to be treated over the next few years.
“Everything is going really well on the ground,” said Martell Gibbons, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Palisades Ranger District. “The fire is meeting our objectives and performing like we anticipated.” Residual smoke will remain in the area as interior pockets continue to burn. Expect smoke following implementation until a significant wetting weather event occurs.
For more information contact the Palisades Ranger District at 208-523-1412.