Steve Goldman, District Ranger
Mio Ranger District, Huron-Manistee National Forests
Webinar to be presented Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2 PM EST/ 1 PM EST.
An overview of the history, public involvement, planning, and implementation of the Maple Ridge Prescribed Burn on May 11, 2014. The 50 acre Maple Ridge RX burn is the first jack pine stand replacement high intensity prescribed burn implemented on the Huron-Manistee National Forests (HMNF). This is especially significant due to the unfortunate legacy of the 1980 Mack Lake fire, which was an escaped prescribed fire. This tragedy (1 firefighter fatality and 25, 000 acres consumed) has been a significant barrier to managers attempting to use fire in Jack pine on the HMNF. In addition, the Maple Ridge Prescribed Burn was implemented directly adjacent to the Mack Lake subdivision, in which 44 structures were lost in 1980. The burn was proposed after the 2012 Little Mack Lake Fire consumed 800 acres of jack pine west of the Mack Lake subdivision, and the subdivision was successfully defended with no structure loss. The 2012 wildfire left a 50 acre patch of jack pine between the burn scar and the subdivision. The unit of jack pine was surrounded by crown fire scars on two sides, a fuelbreak, and a swamp on the other flanks. The wildfire had unexpectedly provided the fire control features to safely implement a high intensity burn to reduce fuel loading and create Kirtland’s warbler habitat.
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