Mountain Home Ranger District Fall Prescribed Burn Program
Mountain Home, ID – The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will begin its fall prescribed burning program as soon as cooler and wetter weather conditions develop. Burning is expected to continue intermittently through the month of November.
Hand ignited burns are planned on approximately 25 acres in the Myrtle Creek drainage 6 miles west of Pine; on approximately 50 acres in the Lake Creek Aspen Timber Sale located five miles southwest of Pine; and approximately 250 acres in the Whiskey Campo Timber Sale located five miles west of Featherville. District personnel will burn fuels in these 3 areas created by logging and thinning activity to reduce long term risk of intense wildfire, reduce insect attacks, invigorate aspen stands, and improve forest growth.
The District will also ignite approximately 3650 acres of natural fuels in Cottonwood III Project Area, located four miles northeast of Arrowrock Reservoir Dam. This aerial and hand ignited prescribed fire will reduce fuels and improve forest conditions to reduce uncharacteristic intense wildfire potential, and enhance fire protection for adjacent private property. Smoke will likely be visible from the Boise area.
Approximately 200 acres of machine and hand piled slash will also be burned in scattered locations across the District.
Burning is conducted during weather conditions that help disperse smoke away from surrounding communities. Generally, fires will be lit in the morning and early evening hours to take advantage of calm winds and higher humidity’s, reducing the chance of fires escaping control. Valley bottoms in the immediate burn areas may be smoky in the late evening and early morning hours. Signs will be posted on roads in the burn areas to notify Forest travelers that burning is in progress. Efforts will be made to limit burn operations on the weekends and holidays.
For more information concerning these prescribed fires, please call Robert Burnside, Mountain Home District Fuels AFMO at (208) 587-7961.