Cascade Ranger District Spring Burns Planned
BOISE, Idaho, May 2, 2016 – The Cascade Ranger District on the Boise National Forest plans to start their annual spring prescribed burn program in the upcoming weeks as the winter snow pack recedes in the mountains.
Two prescribed burning operations are planned in the following locations:
- Golden Antimony Unit 4/5, 274 acres – Located adjacent to Yellow Pine in T-19N R-8E sec. 21, and 28.
- Horsethief 300 acres located approximately 12 miles east of Cascade in T-14N R-5E sec. 16, 20, and 21.
Golden Antimony Unit 4/5 along with Horsethief prescribed burns are scheduled for hand ignition using drip torches and aerially ignition, which entails using small, chemically treated plastic balls dropped from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground.
The objective for these prescribed burns will be to use low severity and moderate intensity fire on 40 to 75 percent of the area. These low intensity burns reduce small limbs and needles on the forest floor and the volume of small diameter trees that can carry fire to the crowns of larger trees.
Site-specific burn plans have been developed for each prescribed burn to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations. Signs will be posted on roads and trails to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities and residents. Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours. Those who are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Cascade Ranger District office as soon as possible.
For more information contact Jim Bishop at the Cascade Ranger District, 208-382-7400 or go online to the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website, http://www.rxfire.com or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.