Mountain Home Ranger District Prepares for Prescribed Burns This Week

Posted by swidrxfire - October 25, 2011 - Fire Update, News - No Comments

MOUNTAIN HOME, Id., – The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning three prescribed burns in anticipation of cooler weather at the end of this week.

On Wednesday, crews plan to burn about 25 acres in the Myrtle Creek drainage six miles west of Pine. On Thursday, a 75 acre burn to promote aspen regeneration is scheduled in the Lake Creek Aspen Timber Sale located five miles southwest of Pine. On Friday, crews plan to ignite approximately 65 acres in the Whiskey Campo Timber Sale located five miles west of Featherville.

District personnel will burn fuels in these three 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.

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 contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at (208) 587-7961or visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208.