Wildfire Agencies to Hold Wildfire Pre-season Press Conference
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Oregon Trail Recreation Area (Approximately 2 miles north of I-84 on Highway 21)
BOISE, ID (May 21, 2012) – Fire officials from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Boise District, the U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) and the National Interagency Fire Center’s Predictive Services will provide a look at the upcoming 2012 fire season during a press conference Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. from an overlook at the Oregon Trail Recreation Area.
A spokesman for Predictive Services will address weather and fuel conditions anticipated on both a regional and local level and how those conditions may affect the severity of this year’s fire season. The challenge this year is forecasting the ocean temperatures and the subsequent effect on area precipitation, fire behavior and fire size.
Local fire officials from the BLM and Forest Service will discuss current and expected conditions regarding their respective fuel types and readiness preparations for the 2012 fire season. A focus will be homeowner preparation and people’s responsibility with fire. A representative from IDL will discuss the importance of recreation vehicle preparation, homeowner burning permits and threats to State Endowment Lands from wildland fires.
How to extinguish a campfire will be featured as the agencies have on average over 300 unattended and improperly extinguished campfires located each year.
Directions to the site: Take I-84 East to Exit 57 and then go north on Highway 21. About 2 miles from the Interstate look for the Oregon Trail Recreation Area sign on the highway and turn right. Go 1/8 mile to the parking site.
From downtown Boise, go east on Warm Springs Road to Highway 21, turn right onto Highway 21 and go about 1 mile to the signed turnoff.