Wildland Fire Fighting Practice Burn Set For Thursday May 22
On Thursday, May 22, nearly 70 new fire fighters will get a chance to experience working on a wildfire as they complete “Fire School”. The practice burn is approximately 3 miles east of Idaho City and just off Highway 21. Ignition will begin near 10:30 AM and conclude around noon.
Reporters are welcome to attend the practice burn.
To reach the practice fire: The practice fire is about 3 miles east of Idaho City at the junction of Highway 21 and Granite Creek Road (Forest Road 327). At that junction, there is a large pull out on the left (north) side of the highway. Firefighters will walk from that site to the practice fire.
There will be a briefing for the firefighters at the Granite Creek/Highway 21 junction starting at approximately 10 a.m. and the practice burn will commence at approximately 10:30 a.m. Reporters are welcome to attend the briefing.
Good field shoes (boots ideally) should be worn and reporters are asked to bring fire personal protection equipment (PPE) with them if available at their offices. A limited amount of PPE will be available to reporters who need it.
Students will be working at the site for most of the day building fire line and then practicing mop up.
Fire Training – A week long fire training program is also part of the practice burn exercise. This is being held at College of Western Idaho (CWI campus in Boise) from Monday, May 19 through Friday May 23. Reporters are welcome to attend any part of this training. Please contact David Olson prior to going to this training.
For more information, contact David Olson at 208-861-0768.