Southwest Idaho spring prescribed fire burning planned
Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable spring weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), catastrophic wildfire potential, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce wildfire threats to communities.
The www.rxfire.com website is updated with information regarding southwest burns planned within Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Payette National Forest (NF) and Boise National Forest (NF). Weather and conditions permitting, burns are scheduled to start in April and continue through June. Approximately 1,760 acres are planned for ignition in eight project areas within the Boise NF. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations.
Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, logistical and staffing considerations, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns undergo specific and deliberate criterion and are only approved when favorable conditions are present. Information and regulation signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion. Fire officials strongly advise recreationists and homeowners to plan activities in accordance with the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. The burns may impact access to designated burn areas, travel routes and individuals sensitive to smoke. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and slow driving speeds in areas of decreased visibility.
Specific prescribed fire information is available at:
- Interagency prescribed fire information site: www.rxfire.com
- Boise National NF Supervisor’s Office: (208)-373-4100
- The Boise NF prescribed fire hotline: (208)-373-4208
The following Boise NF spring prescribed burns are planned:
Idaho City Ranger District
- Warm Springs Ridge (200 acres): located approximately 4 miles west of Idaho City. Prescribed burn using hand ignition to reduce surface vegetation (fuels).
- Mores South (50 acres): located about 3 miles east of Idaho City. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition in the Wildland Urban Interface.
- Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition in the Wildland Urban Interface
- Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the Wildland Urban Interface area.
- Warm Springs Aerial (600 acres): located 4 miles west of Idaho City will use a helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuel in this wildland urban interface.
- Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City. This is a modified tree well burn.
Cascade Ranger District
- Horsethief (360 acres): located about 3 miles northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuels over the area.
- Westside Restoration Unit 39 and 40 (consist of 25 acres each): This projects is located on FSRD 435 along West Mountain and is approximately 10 west of Cascade, Idaho. This will hand lighting to reduce fuels within the wildland urban interface.