Emmett Ranger District Plans 1700 Acre Prescribed Burn Saturday
Boise, ID., – The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to ignite a 1730 acre prescribed burn Saturday if weather conditions are favorable. Ignition time is scheduled for approximately 1:30 p.m. and burning will likely conclude in about 3-4 hours.
This burn will occur about 3 miles northeast of Crouch, off State Highway 17, directly across from the Garden Valley Ranger Station in the Poorman drainage.
It will be started by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground. Some hand ignition will occur next to the highway, which should not be impacted. Signs will be posted for public safety.
The area was initially treated in the spring of 1997 and this is the last phase of a multi-year prescribed burning maintenance project.
The objective is to reduce fuel that has accumulated since the earlier burn. A key part of the prescribed fire program is to conduct periodic maintenance burns to reduce accumulation of pine branches, dead woody material and fuel buildup that could carry a wildfire into the tree crowns. The technique uses low to moderate intensity fire on 30-70% of the area. Burning also reduces decadent brush and stimulates less flammable young shrubs that are more palatable for big game.
The burn, located within big game unit 32-A, is a partnership project with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation who provided financial support to the project.
Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke from this burn for a few days.
No closures are issued in the fire area.
For more information contact the Emmett Ranger District at 365-7000 or visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website atwww.rxfire.com or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208.