Fall Burning Program Planned to Start Next Week
With recent rains and cooler weather, Boise National Forest fire managers plan to start their annual fall prescribed burning program of approximately 5,400 acres which could last for several weeks depending on weather and fuel conditions. Fire crews anticipate favorable weather conditions early next week to begin igniting low-intensity prescribed fires that reduce potential wildfire fuel.
Specific information is available by contacting the local ranger districts, the Boise National Forest Headquarters at 208-373-4100, on the web at www.rxfire.com, or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208. Fire officials strongly advise hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before leaving their homes.
Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.
Site-specific burn plans have been developed to address potential smoke management concerns. All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Local residents may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.
Fire personnel will attempt to contact people who might be hunting or recreating in an area before a planned ignition. Recreating public impacts are anticipated to be very minimal.