15-019 Elk Creek Meadows prescribed burn planned for Saturday through Tuesday at Dworshak

Published March 6, 2015

AHSAHKA, Idaho - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resources staff at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir will work with Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest fire crews to conduct prescribed burning in the vicinity of Dicks Creek and Elk Creek Meadows beginning on Saturday afternoon, March 7. Prescribed burning may continue through Tuesday afternoon, March 10.

Dicks Creek and Elk Creek Meadows are located on the north side of the reservoir between Dworshak State Park’s Freeman Creek Campground and Dent Acres. Prescribed burn plans are contingent upon favorable weather conditions.

This prescribed burn is part of the Elk Creek Meadows Stewardship Project initiated by the Corps several years ago to restore ponderosa pine ecosystems. Logging in this area has been completed, and prescribed burning will reduce fuel loads left from logging, improve wildlife habitat and enhance the area for ponderosa pine regeneration.

Visitors to the area should expect to see smoke or fire in the vicinity of the burn. Prescribed burning may affect north side lakeshore campsites and adjacent areas including Minicamps 10.7, 10.9 (Damascus Group Camp), and 11.7.

For information, contact Dworshak Natural Resources at 208-476-1255 or Natural Resources Manager Paul Pence at 208-476-1258.

Public Affairs Office
Dworshak Natural Resources

Release no. 15-019