Mountain Home Ranger District Early Prescribed Burn Planned near Bogus Basin
The Mountain Home Ranger District is planning on implementing the Boise Ridge Treewell Burn on Wednesday-Friday, March 4th-6th, assuming that the weather forecast remains favorable and smoke is approved. The Boise Ridge project is immediately adjacent to Bogus Basin Ski Resort, approximately 12 miles northeast of Boise and will encompass about 300 acres of the 850 acre project area. Approximately ½ to 2/3 of the areas will be available for consumption, the remaining area will be covered in snow or fuels too wet for consumption.
The Boise National Forest Mountain Home Ranger District plans to ignite a unique prescribed burn, called the Boise Ridge Tree Well burn, Thursday, February 26 immediately adjacent to Bogus Basin Ski Resort if weather conditions permit.
Burning is anticipated to begin around noon and end near 5 PM. The goal is to complete ignition prior to forecasted rain or snow on Friday. No burning will take place during the weekend.
The project goal is to burn open patches of ground, under or near tree wells, where the snow has melted. Ignition is planned for an area approximately 300 acres in size, in the areas below the main parking lot, and near the Nordic trails.
Tree well burning reduces the threat of tree mortality by having a cool and low intensity flame near the tree trunk and lower limbs. It also helps restore fire adapted characteristics and reduces potential mortality to large trees from a potential summer wildfire by reducing available fuel, such as needles and small limbs.
This forested area, approximately 12 miles northeast of Boise, was previously thinned and the limbs and small diameter trees from that project were piled and burned last year.
Burning will be done during weather conditions that help disperse smoke. Signs will be posted in the burn areas to notify visitors that burning is in progress.
This operation is one month earlier than planned due to the snow quickly receding.
For questions concerning these prescribed fires call Robert Burnside, Mountain Home District Fuels AFMO at: 208-587-7961. Information is also at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208.