Spring Prescribed Burning Planned
Spring Prescribed Burning Planned
With spring season conditions approaching, Boise National Forest fire managers soon anticipate favorable weather conditions to allow for the ignition of low-intensity prescribed fires across the Forest. These burns are designed to reduce vegetation (fuels) and wildfire potential, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce threats to nearby communities. A total of fourteen areas totaling approximately 5,900 acres are planned for prescribed burns. Most of the burns will start around mid-March and continue into June, depending upon weather and appropriate ground and vegetation conditions.
Significant planning for these burns has occurred and one of the most important considerations is for safety of the firefighters and the public. Fire managers have developed detailed prescribed fire plans that dictate conditions, staffing and safety requirements and to address potential smoke management concerns.
Specific information is available by contacting the local ranger districts, the Boise National Forest Headquarters at 208-373-4100, on the web at www.rxfire.com, or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208.
Fire officials strongly advise recreationalists and outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before leaving their homes. Public impacts are anticipated to be very minimal. However, information about the burns and when they occur is provided to allow those persons with sensitivity to smoke to make accommodations.
The following prescribed burns are planned:
Mountain Home Ranger District:
- Boise Ridge Tree Well Burn (450 acres): located 12 miles northeast of Boise and immediately west of Bogus Basin Ski Resort. This project involves burning areas around the base of trees that are melted yet still have snow remaining adjacent (tree-wells).
Idaho City Ranger District
- Warm Spring Ridge (200 acres): located approximately 4 miles west of Idaho City. Prescribed burn using hand ignition to reduce surface vegetation (fuels).
- Morse 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 Burn (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.
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.
- Crawford Aspen (7 acres): located about 4 miles northeast from Cascade. This is a hand ignition burn to improve aspen habitat and reduce wildfire risk.
- Golden Antimony Block 3, 4, and 5 (300, 147, and 102 acres respectively): This project is located approximately 1 mile south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. This burn involves helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuels in the wildland urban interface.
Lowman Ranger District
- Sam’s Pine (500 acres): located about 10 miles northwest of Lowman. This burn will be ignited using a helicopter to reduce fuels and restore the area.
- Rock Creek (200 acres): located immediately south of Lowman (within 2 miles) and near Highway 21. This burn involves hand lighting to reduce fuels in the wildland urban interface.
- Bear Creek (500 acres): located about 20 air miles east of Lowman and near Grandjean. This burn will be ignited using a helicopter to reduce fuels and restore the area.
Emmett Ranger District
- Rocky Canyon (2,000 acres): This project is located approximately 12 miles north of Crouch and will use aerial ignition by helicopter to reduce fuel over the landscape.
Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.
The burns will be ignited only if conditions are conducive to a safe, effective burn and when favorable atmospheric conditions are present to minimize impacts to local communities. Local residents may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.