Winter Prescribed Burning Planned

Posted by swidrxfire - November 29, 2011 - Fire Update, News, Weather - No Comments

Lowman, ID – Fire managers on the Boise National Forest Lowman Ranger District plan to conduct late fall and winter prescribed burning to enhance whitebark pine restoration.

Burning will take place in the Scott Mountain and Cache Creek areas. The planned burning is specialized and specific. Forest personnel will torch single and groups of subalpine fir trees to reduce the fuel around healthy whitebark pine and create openings for future whitebark pine regeneration. Tree torching is one phase in the whitebark pine restoration process.

The primary objective of the prescribed burns are to reduce the existing wildland fire hazard, thereby reducing potential negative effects from future wildland fire to whitebark pine stands while restoring fire-adaptive ecosystems.

Ignition of subalpine fir trees will occur with snow on the ground to enhance safety and effectively reduce forest density, create openings and decrease the fuel hazard.

Site-specific burn plans have been developed for each prescribed burn to address potential smoke management concerns and establish mitigations. Signs will be posted on roads and trails near the burn area to notify users when burning occurs.

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. Those who 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 winter’s burning program, contact Rebecca Swenson at the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361). Please visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website or call the Prescribed Fire Hotline @ 208-373-4208 for daily and weekly updates.