Mountain Home Ranger District Prepares for Prescribed Burns
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho – Fire managers with the Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will begin their spring prescribed burning program as soon as weather conditions permit. Burning is expected to continue intermittently through the months of April and May.
Two major burns are planned. Aerial ignition is planned for approximately 1200 acres in Lower Trinity Creek approximately 4 miles west of Featherville along Forest Service Road 172. Hand ignition of approximately 250 acres is planned in the Whiskey Campo Timber Sale located five miles west of Featherville.
District personnel will burn fuels created by logging and thinning activities to reduce long term risk of intense wildfire, insect infestation, and to invigorate aspen stands and improve long term tree growth.
Burning will be done when weather conditions can disperse the majority of smoke from surrounding communities. Burns are generally ignited from late morning to early evening when warmer conditions allow smoke to rise and dissipate into the atmosphere, as well as to meet project objectives. Valley bottoms, in the immediate burn areas, may be smoky in the late evening and early morning hours. Road signs will be posted in the burn areas to notify travelers that burning is in progress. Efforts will be made to limit burn operations on the weekends and holidays.
For more information contact Robert Burnside, Mountain Home District Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer at (208) 587-7961, or visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208.