Burning is anticipated to last through Friday, with ignition planned each day around noon and ending near 5 PM. No burning will take place on the weekend.
The project goal is to burn open patches of ground, under or near tree wells, where the snow has melted. Ignition is planned for an area approximately 300 to 400 acres in size, in the areas below the main parking lot, and near the Nordic trails.
Tree well burning reduces the threat of tree mortality by having a cool and low intensity flame near the tree trunk and lower limbs. It also helps restore fire adapted characteristics and reduces potential mortality to large trees from a potential summer wildfire by reducing available fuel, such as needles and small limbs.
This forested area, approximately 12 miles northeast of Boise, was previously thinned and the limbs and small diameter trees from that project were piled and burned last year.
Burning will be done during weather conditions that help disperse smoke. Signs will be posted in the burn areas to notify visitors that burning is in progress.
This operation is one month earlier than planned due to the snow quickly receding.
For questions concerning these prescribed fires call Robert Burnside, Mountain Home District Fuels AFMO at: 208-587-7961.Information is also at the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208.