BOISE, Idaho – With the fall season cooler temperatures, Boise National Forest fire managers plan to start their annual fall prescribed burning program of nearly 3000 acres this year which could last for several weeks depending on weather and fuel conditions.
Fire crews anticipate favorable weather conditions by early October, allowing them to ignite low-intensity prescribed fires that reduce potential wildfire fuel, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce threats to nearby communities.
Specific information is available by contacting the local ranger districts, the Boise National Forest Headquarters at 208-373-4100, on the web at www.rxfire.com, or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208.
Fire officials strongly advise hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before leaving their homes.
Fire personnel will attempt to contact people who might be hunting or recreating in an area before a planned ignition. Recreating public impacts are anticipated to be very minimal.
Lowman Ranger District (1,091 acres):
- Sam’s Pine (500 acres) located about 10 miles northwest of Lowman will be ignited using a helicopter to reduce fuels and restore the area.
- Bear Creek (500 acres) about 20 air miles east of Lowman and near Grandjean will be ignited using a helicopter to reduce fuels and restore the area.
- Long Creek Summer Homes Pile Burn (15 Acres) is located about 5 miles north of Lowman and fire crews will burn piles left from a timber sale near the cabins.
- Timber sale Landing (76 acres) will burn a series of slash piles left from the Low Rock Re-Run project about 5 miles south of Lowman and the Fir Roadside salvage sale located in the Bear Valley area near Fir Campground.
- Crawford Aspen (7 acres) is located about 4 miles northeast from Cascade and the goal is to improve aspen habitat and reduce wildfire risk to the urban area.
- Horsethief (360 acres) located about 3 miles northeast of Horsethief Reservoir will involve a helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuel by igniting a landscape burn.
- Rustican (1,029 acres) located about 5 miles northwest of Warm Lake will use a helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuel by igniting a landscape burn.
- West Side Restoration Pile Burns (62 acres) is located about 10 miles west of Cascade, and fire crews will treat timber landing slash piles.
- Lower Johnson Pile Burns (28 acres) located about 8 miles south of Johnson Creek will involve fire crews lighting slash piles.
Idaho City Ranger District (1,125 acres):
- Warm Springs Ridge (200 acres) located 4 miles west of Idaho City fire crews will use hand lighting to reduce fuel in the urban interface area.
- Alder (100 acres) located 1 mile north of Placerville will reduce fuel in the Wildland Urban Interface area.
- Mores South (50 acres) located about 3 miles east of Idaho City will involve a landscape burn using hand ignition in the Wildland Urban Interface area.
- Little Ophir (100 acres) is a landscape burn that will reduce fuel in the Wildland Urban Interface area.
- Warm Springs Aerial (600 acres) located 4 miles west of Idaho City will use a helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuel in this wildland urban interface area.
- District Pile Burning (75 acres) will involve fire crews burning slash piles in a variety of locations across the district. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground.
Emmett Ranger District (2 acres):
- West Scriver Landing (2 acres) is located about 7 miles north of Crouch and fire crews will burn slash piles near Forest Road 695 that are remaining from the West Scriver logging operations.
Mountain Home Ranger District (278 acres):
- Boise Ridge (250 acres) located in the Shafer Butte area will involve slash pile burning.
- Trinity Salvage (28 acres) located west of Featherville will involve slash pile burning.
Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.
Site-specific burn plans have been developed to address potential smoke management concerns. All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Local residents may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.