Lowman Ranger District Fall Prescribed Burn Program
Lowman, ID – The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will implement its fall prescribed burning program starting in early October and extending into November weather permitting. The largest is the 450 acre Casner prescribed burn which is planned to be implemented this month. Exact ignition dates depend on weather and fuel conditions. The area burned will be burned in and around Casner Creek.
The Casner Creek prescribed burn objectives are to reduce fuels that have accumulated due to a lack of periodic fire occurrence, promote healthy ponderosa pine stands and enhance wildlife habitat for both deer and elk. Fire personnel plan to ignite the burn using aerial ignition. Small self-igniting plastic spheres will be released from a helicopter to accomplish a mosaic under burn across the project area. The burn will commence once fuel moistures are favorable and precipitation is forecasted.
Additional prescribed burning involves an estimated 192 acres of hand piled fuel. The most immediate may be Scott Mountain due to the potential for snow very soon. Specific locations include: Scott Mountain (100 acres), Pine Flats (20 acres), Lower Lowman (26 acres), Ten Mile and Willis Gulch area (9 acres), Wapiti Summer Homes (18 acres), Deer Flat CG and Bear Valley CG (5 acres), and Clear Creek (17 acres).
Smoke may be visible for several days after a ignition. Efforts are taken to mitigate smoke impacts to the public by burning during favorable weather conditions.
For additional information concerning prescribed burning please call the Lowman Ranger Station, Rebecca Swenson Fuels Specialist at 208-259-3361.