Lowman Ranger District Plans Spring Prescribed Burn Program

Posted by swidrxfire - March 13, 2015 - Fire Update, News - No Comments

LOWMAN, Idaho – The Boise National Forest Lowman Ranger District is planning to start the annual spring prescribed burn program as early as mid-March, pending weather and appropriate fuel conditions.

The burning will be conducted using helicopter aerial ignition at the following locations:

  • Sam’s Pine – This burn is located along the Deadwood river drainage 6 miles north of its confluence with the South Fork Payette River. Approximately 200 acres will be treated aerially through the use of a helicopter and a plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) machine which drops chemically filled “ping pong” balls that will ignite moments after hitting the ground. The objective is to reduce available fuel such as pine needles and small branches and trees while restoring fire adapted ponderosa pine habitat.
  • Bear Creek – This 200 acre burn will use the same treatments as Sam’s Pine with the same objectives. The burn is located near Grand Jean within the Bear Creek drainage.

Warning 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 are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Lowman Ranger District or the Garden Valley work station as soon as possible.

For more information contact Jason Butler or Guy Blom at 208-259-3361 at the Lowman Ranger District.  Further information is available at the Boise National Forest prescribed fire web site at www.rxfire.com, or the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208 for weekly updates of planned ignitions.