Southwest Idaho spring prescribed fire burning planned
Boise, Idaho, March 30, 2021— Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable spring weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat.
Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in March and continue through June. Approximately 3,600 acres are planned for ignition in 11 project areas within the Boise National Forest.
Public and firefighter safety is always the top priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All prescribed burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.
Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.
Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.
Visit the interactive map with the latest planned areas of prescribed fire treatments. https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=3fbf12463b7c442e854010e203800d48 Zoom into your areas of interest to get the latest information. The Idaho Department of Lands and Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests’ planned prescribed fire treatments will be featured.
Planned Boise National Forest fall prescribed burns include:
Idaho City Ranger District
Alder (261 acres): located 3 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. This a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a modified tree well burn.
Buckskin (200): located approximately 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho.
Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface area.
Mores South-Granite Creek (50 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
Pilot (150 acres): Located about 2 miles south-east of Idaho City, ID in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest for scientific study and wildland urban interface protection.
Lowman Ranger District
West Lowman WUI (650 acres): located approximately 2 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho between Clear and Miller creek drainages.
Emmett Ranger District
Lodgepole Springs Underburn (585 acres): located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, this will be a restoration underburn in the Silver Creek drainage north of FS road 671.
Pinney Slope Rx (960 acres): Is approximately 6 miles north of Crouch, ID in the Pinney Creek drainage. Forest Service road 693 in Scriver Creek is South and West of the project area.
Williams Creek Rx (240 acres): Is located west of Highway 55, between Banks and Smiths Ferry, Idaho. The project area is to the south and east of High Valley and located entirely on NFS lands in Valley County.