Lowman Ranger District Plans Fall Prescribed Burn Program
Lowman, ID – The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to start the annual fall prescribed burn program as early as mid-September, pending weather and precipitation
The District’s fall burn plan includes both aerial and hand ignitions:
- Sam’s Pine (500 acres) – The burn will be ignited through the use of a helicopter and a plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) machine which drop chemically filled “ping pong” balls that ignite moments after hitting the ground. The burn objective is to reduce excessive fuel that could feed an intense wildfire in the summer, while restoring fire adapted ponderosa pine habitat. This burn is located in the Deadwood river drainage 6 miles north of its confluence with the South Fork Payette River.
- Bear Creek (200 acres)- This burn will also be ignited using a helicopter and PSD machine with the same objectives as Sam’s Pine. The burn is located near Grand Jean and encompasses the Bear Creek drainage.
- Elk Creek Guard Station (4 acres) – Located off Forest Service Road 579 approximately 18 miles southwest of the Boundary Creek turn-off at State Highway 21. This burn unit is within the Elk Creek Guard Station with a focus to eliminate slash piles from an earlier hazard tree removal project.
- Clear Creek Slash Piles (86 acres) – This burn will eliminate tree slash piles stemming from an earlier hazardous fuels reduction project. The site is located along Forest Service Road 545 approximately 6 miles north of Lowman, ID.
- Deadwood Campgrounds (36 acres)– This project will eliminate tree slash piles located within Barney’s, Hower’s, and Riverside and Cozy Cove campgrounds. The slash was generated from hazard tree removal and a Mountain Pine Beetle containment project.
- Bear Valley and Lowman Corridor – Miscellaneous slash piles will also be burned in scattered areas.
- Low Rock Timber Sale (277 Acres) – Tree slash remaining after a logging sale will be burned along Forest Service Road 594.
Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas to notify travelers 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.
Residents who believe they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Lowman Ranger District office, or the Garden Valley work station, as soon as possible. Public cooperation and patience during this period is greatly appreciated.
For more information about the fall season burning program, contact Jason Butler or Guy Blom at the Lowman Ranger District office at 208-259-3361. For further information visit the Boise National Forest prescribed fire Web site at: www.rxfire.com or call the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208 for weekly updates of planned ignitions. ###