The Boone fire received substantial precipitation with the recent weather front moving across southeastern Idaho. Fire management officials anticipate even more precipitation as wetting conditions persist through Friday. “Considering the increased moisture over the next few days and reduced fire activity, we felt it appropriate to allow the public back into the area,” said Liz Davy, Ashton-Island Park District Ranger. “However, we strongly urge the public to be cautious and cognizant of their surroundings if they choose to access the South Boone Trail.” Many of the trees along a portion of the trail are compromised and could easily fall with a wind event. Firefighters may be in the area assessing some of the risk this week.
The latest perimeter map estimated the Boone fire to be 117 acres. This small mosaic burn promotes increased plant and animal diversity by creating different age and sizes of vegetation within the burned area.
Smoke from the fire may be visible as conditions dry out; however, significant growth is unlikely. This will be the final update on the Boone fire unless a significant change occurs. Fire officials will continue to monitor weather and fuel conditions to predict the fire’s spread until the fire is extinguished this winter.