Emmett Ranger District Spring Prescribed Burning Planned
EMMETT, Idaho – The Emmett Ranger District of 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.
One prescribed burning operation is planned this spring in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to enhance big game winter range and reduce fuels that could feed a wildfire during the summer:
The burn, called the Rocky Canyon Restoration Prescribed Under burn is located northeast of Crouch up the Middle Fork of the Payette River. Treatment is planned on 1573 acres within the Tie Creek drainage north of Tie Creek Campground.
The area will be ignited by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground. The objective is to use low and moderate intensity fire on 60-90 percent of the area to reduce the accumulation of pine needles, branches and other woody material. It also reduces the potential of a summer wildfire moving from the ground to tree crowns.
A site-specific burn plan is developed for this project to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations. Signs will be posted on roads and trails near the burn area to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
The burn will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize local community smoke impact. Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours. Those who feel they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified before implementation should contact the Emmett Ranger District office, as soon as possible.
For more information on this spring’s burning program, contact Tam Cook at the Emmett Ranger District (208-365-7015). Information is also at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com or at the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.