Emmett Ranger District Prepares Fall Prescribed Burn Program
Emmett, ID – The Emmett District of the Boise National Forest is planning weather permitting to initiate a fall prescribe burn as the weather patterns transition into cooler and wetter fall conditions.
Prescribed burning will occur in the Poorman Drainage directly across from the Garden Valley Ranger Station, about 3 miles east of Crouch in Boise County. The Poorman Prescribed Burn Project will treat approximately 1730 acres. This is the last phase of a multiple year project.
The burn will be ignited by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite when hitting the ground. This burn is located within big game unit 32-A. Some hand ignition will occur along the lower portion of project next to the highway.
The objective of this larger landscape prescribed burn is to provide a maintenance burn using low to moderate intensity fire on 30-70% of the area to reduce the accumulation of needles, duff or dead woody debris and reduce fuels that could move a ground fire to a tree crown. The project area was previously treated in the spring of 1997.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is in partnership with the Forest Service providing financial support to this project. This burn will reduce decadent brush and stimulate younger shrubs that are more palatable for big game.
A site-specific burn plan has been developed to addresses potential smoke management concerns and mitigations. Signs will be posted on the approach to the Station Creek Trail, and along highway 17.
All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.
In addition, some miscellaneous pile burning will occur in and around the Silver Creek Plunge just off Trail Creek Summit in the fall.
Citizens who feel they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Emmett Ranger District office or the Garden Valley Work Station as soon as possible. The public’s cooperation and patience during this period is appreciated.
For more information on this falls burning program, contact Tam Cook at 365-7000 at the Emmett Ranger District. Further information is available at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com or by calling the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208.