Update on Sam’s Pine Burn
Update: Pending smoke approval and no changes in the current forecast, the Lowman Ranger District is planning on burning 1,000 acres within the Sam’s Pine project area (burn blocks 7, 8 and 9) on October 10th and continuing into the 11th. These units are located in the Deadwood River drainage at the legal location of T 10 N, R 07 E, sec 17.
Lowman, ID – The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to conduct the Sam’s Pine prescribed burn as early as Friday extending into the weekend pending weather and precipitation.
The project is located in the Deadwood river drainage 6 miles north of its confluence with the Banks – Lowman Road and about 3 miles west of Lowman.
The burn involves from 700 to 1500 acres and will be ignited through the use of a helicopter and a plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) machine which drop chemically filled “ping pong” balls that ignite moments after hitting the ground.
The burn objective is to reduce excessive fuel that could feed an intense wildfire in the summer, while restoring fire adapted ponderosa pine habitat.
Deadwood Ridge Trail (Trail #019), Julie Creek Trail (Trail #020) and Nellies Basin Trail (Trail #022) are all currently closed due to the burn, and will re-open shortly after it is done.
Signs will be posted on roads near the burn to notify travelers when burning is in progress.
A site-specific burn plan was developed to address potential smoke management concerns. Ignition is based on favorable atmospheric ventilation to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Smoke from a prescribed burn can last for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.
Residents who believe they are particularly sensitive to smoke and wish to be notified of these burns before implementation should contact the Lowman Ranger District office, or the Garden Valley work station, as soon as possible.
For more information contact Jason Butler or Guy Blom at the Lowman Ranger District office at 208-259-3361. For further information visit the Boise National Forest prescribed fire Web site at: www.rxfire.com or call the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208 for an update of planned ignition.