Spring Prescribed Burning Planned On The Lowman And Emmett Ranger Districts
LOWMAN, Idaho – The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest plans to start their annual spring prescribed burn program in the upcoming weeks as the winter snow pack recedes in the mountains targeting about 2,150 acres.
Three prescribed burning operations are planned:
• Bear Creek Prescribed Underburn located northwest of Grand-Jean Lodge
• Sams Pine Prescribed Underburn located within the Deadwood river drainage 7miles west of Lowman.
• Pine Flats Prescribed Underburn located at Pine flats Campground, milepost 28 on Highway 17 (Banks-Lowman Road)
The Bear Creek and Sam’s Pine burns will be ignited by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground. Prescribed burns use low and moderate intensity fire on 60-90 percent of the area. This burning reduces the accumulation of pine needles and dead woody material such as limbs and branches to reduce the ability of wildfire reaching the crowns of trees. The burns help restore natural fire occurrence in a managed manner.
Site-specific burn plans have been developed for each prescribed burn to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations. Signs are posted on roads and trails near the burns to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
All burns will be conducted when there is 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.
For more information on this spring’s burning program, contact Rebecca Swenson at the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361). The Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at www.rxfire.com or the Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208 has specific information with daily and weekly updates.