Fall Burning Program Underway on Boise National Forest
BOISE, Id., – Boise National Forest fire managers plan to burn 4,420 acres this fall as part of the annual fall prescribed burning program. Fire crews will ignite low-intensity prescribed fires over the next several weeks as weather and fuel conditions allow.
So far, fire crews on the Lowman Ranger District have successfully burned 120 acres of piled limbs and small logs (hand piles) from earlier forest thinning and clearing. The majority of burning took place near Scott Mountain and the Wapiti Summer Home Tract along highway 21. Hand piles were also burned near the Pine Flats and Deer Flat campgrounds.
Fire crews on the Cascade Ranger District hope to ignite hand piles next week around Warm Lake and Yellow Pine if weather conditions are favorable.
On the Idaho City Ranger District, fire crews hope to ignite a 150 acre burn about four miles west of Idaho City this Friday or Saturday.
These burn projects reduce fuel that could feed an intense wildfire in the hot summer months especially in areas near homes and popular recreation areas. This spring the wet and snowy conditions allowed burning on only 400 acres and fire managers are hoping for better weather this fall to complete the planned annual program.
Local signing in the immediate area of the planned burns will alert the public of the planned activity. Fire personnel will attempt to contact people who might be hunting or recreating in the area before a planned ignition. Impacts to the recreating public are anticipated to be very minimal.
Specific information is available by contacting the Boise National Forest at 373-4100, on the web at www.rxfire.com, or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 373-4208. Fire officials strongly advise hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before leaving their homes.