2023 Burn Morel Maps Released!

Releasing the burn morel maps every season is a highlight of our year!  We love to share burn morel hunting tips, and trade ideas with our tribe. As we send the maps out into the world this year, we hope you are excited for the 2023 hunt. We also have some new tech (new interfaces for precipitation, burn severity, timber cuts, MVUM access, and tree cover) in production that will help foragers – coming soon 3/1/23!

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The Highlights

2023 will be an excellent year with good potential hunting grounds across the West.

2023 Fire Data:

  • 2.63 Million acres of burns
  • 11 Western states (not including Nevada or Alaska)
  • Total of 1300+ fires

Curated down to:

  • 233 fires with potential
  • total of 260 thousand acres

A Ratings:

  • 59 “A” rated fires that were the best
  • total of 155 thousand acres
  • averaging 26 thousand acre per fire.

Best States for 2023 Burn Morel Hunting:

  • California
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico

Close Seconds with Solid Opportunity:

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Montana

Slim Picking in:

  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • South Dakota

This year we released V1 of our maps with the curated burns (not ALL burns) and the morel probability overlays. We will be adding lots of other layers and datapoints over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights of what you can expect to see soon: Morel Probability, Burn Severity, Stewardship Maps, MVUM Maps, Tree & Forest Types, and Precipitation Maps. Click on the images below to see an explanation of each image!

 

Some of our map ideas are exciting because they extend beyond the normal burn morel scene into disturbance morels via thinning and clear-cutting maps – these “thins” are popular places for savvy hunters to search.  Generally, look for the thins to fruit earlier than burns because they are a different species of morel – Morchella snyderi we think.

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Likewise, we added burns all around the continental US (CONUS) t00 because many morel hunters in the midwest, east, and southeast like to hunt burns – and timber thin areas too.

Our rain map is exciting because you can use it to gauge regional rainfall across all of North America. Based on our experience, we like it when there is regular rain (once a week) of 1″ or more for six consecutive weeks – this makes the perfect environment for not just morels, but most mushrooms. Our maps show rain totals, weekly, for the last six weeks as well as an aggregate score that combines each weeks data. By this score, a spot that got 6 inches of rain last week, but no rain the previous 5 weeks would score poorly. But, a spot that got 1 inch of rain, for six consecutive week would achieve a perfect score…as I write this, areas near Seattle are the only places with a perfect score. But there is a nice spot in Montana, between Helena, Bozeman, West Yellowstone and Dillon that looks good:

While we are excited by all this new technology, we are once again worried by potential burn closures. Oregon and California are especially problematic where we’ve seen local forest service offices closing down entire burns to foragers in previous years, presumably to allow the salvage timber harvest unfettered access.

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  • Aaronhillbilly
    Reply

    Great stuff thx! Can you comment or blog on 2nd year burns where we did well hunting morels last year? Wondering if I should try those areas out that produced or go to new 2022 fire burns… or both! Cheers! Aaron Hill

    • Kacie
      Reply

      I would be interested in 2nd year into as well. Thanks

      • Trent Blizzard
        Reply

        Kacie, we have 2nd and 3rd year burns in the maps! In fact, for most states I think we go back 5 years on the perimters.

        However, for the burn severity and burn probability, those are only 2023.

        Trent

        • Trent Blizzard
          Reply

          Also, per the comment, I working on a 2nd year burn post!

          • Aaron

            Awesome thx Trent! Um… we getting excited for this years action coming up soon… pun intended! 😉

  • Stacy Dunn
    Reply

    Hello in the admin of the group Mushroom pickers of the pacific northwest and I have members wanting to know which fires in oregon are producing the most as alot of them the fires have been slow producing this year and I’m not sure what to inform them with the price of gas it’s rough on individuals when they drive a distance to only be skunked any help would be greatly appreciated by anyone.

  • Rachael
    Reply

    If we purchase the map, would we be able to access 2024 maps in 2025?

    • Trent Blizzard
      Reply

      Rachel, no, the access is “season based” so a purchase this year would be for this season, and previous years, but, not next year. We usally release the next year each year in March.

  • Rachael
    Reply

    If we purchase the map, would we be able to access 2024 maps in 2025??

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