Late Winter/Early Spring Prescribed Burning Planned Around Pine Flats Campground in Lowman Ranger District
Lowman, ID – Fire personnel with the Boise National Forest Lowman Ranger District are planning to start their early annual prescribed burn program in the upcoming weeks as the winter snow pack recedes in the mountains.
They initial plan is to burn 82 acres around the Pine Flats campground which involves igniting accumulated pine needles and duff around “tree wells” (the snow free area beneath large ponderosa pine). This restores fires ecological process in a safer manner. Burning while the trees are dormant helps remove the buildup of fuel that can make the large ponderosa pine trees vulnerable to fine root damage in the event of a hotter summer wildfire.
A site-specific burn plan has been developed 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. Pine Flats campground will be closed during the burning operation and for up to a week following ignition.
Burning is conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Local residents and forest visitors may notice drift smoke from these prescribed burn projects 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 Lowman Ranger District office as soon as possible.
For more information on this spring’s burning program, contact Rebecca Swenson at the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361). The Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com has more detailed information, and the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208 has daily or weekly updates.