Mountain Home Ranger District Fall Prescribed Burning Program
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho – The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will begin a fall prescribed fire program Wednesday, November 6th if weather conditions permit. Burning is expected to continue intermittently through the month of November.
District personnel plan to burn slash piles within a 450 acre area immediately adjacent to Bogus Basin Ski resort, approximately 12 miles northeast of Boise. The piles of limbs and other wood were left following the Boise Ridge Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project, which was conducted in part to lessen wildfire threats to the resort area. Burning could take from one to three weeks
Another 50 acres of slash piles may be burned in the Foothills thinning project in the Rattlesnake and Strawberry loop areas.
Only slash piles along Forest Service roadways will be ignited. The material being burnt was created by thinning activity designed to reduce long term risk of stand replacing wildfire, help protect private property and wildland urban interface, reduce insect mortality, invigorate aspen stands, and improve conifer tree growth.
Smoke may be visible from Boise at times in the Bogus Basin area. Burning will be done during weather conditions that help disperse smoke away from surrounding communities. 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 travelers that burning is in progress. Efforts will be made to limit burn operations on weekends and holidays to reduce public impact.
For questions concerning these prescribed fires, please call Robert Burnside, Mountain Home District Fuels AFMO at: 208-587-7961.