Prescribed Burns at Ranger Districts Announced

Posted by swidrxfire - March 19, 2012 - Fire Update, News - No Comments

Two prescribed burning operations are planned on the Lowman Ranger District:

  • Bear Creek Prescribed Underburn (680 acres) located just northwest of the Grand-Jean Lodge.
  • Sams Pine Prescribed Underburn (1,500 acres) located within the Deadwood river drainage 5-miles northwest of Lowman.

Two prescribed burning operations are planned on the Emmett Ranger District:

  • Poorman Prescribed Underburn (1,132 acres) located across from the Garden Valley Ranger Station within the Station Creek drainage.  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has provided funding for this prescribed burn.  The project is in its final phase.
  • Rocky Canyon Restoration Prescribed Underburn (2,100 acres) located northeast of Crouch up the Middle Fork of the Payette River, within the Boom Creek drainage.

These prescribed burns will be ignited generally in one day by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground.  The burn objectives are to use low and moderate intensity fire on 60-90 percent of the area to reduce the accumulation of pine needles, branches, small diameter wood and lower tree limbs to reduce the ability of a summer wildfire reaching the crowns of trees.

Prescribed burns facilitate the role of fire in the more non-volatile seasonal periods and benefit wildlife habitat by stimulating new grass and shrub growth.

Site-specific burn plans are developed to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigation measures.  Signs will be posted on roads and trails near the burn area to notify travelers when burning is in progress.

All burns will be conducted with favorable atmospheric ventilation and wind to minimize smoke impacts to local communities.  Although every effort is made to reduce smoke intrusion to populated areas, local residents and forest visitors may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.  Those who feel they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Lowman Ranger District office as soon as possible.  Citizen cooperation and patience during this period is appreciated.

For more information contact Rebecca Swenson at the Lowman Ranger District (259-3361) or Tam Cook at the Emmett Ranger District (365-7015). Further information is available at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website or the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.