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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Weather and conditions permitting, the Boise National Forest is planning ignition of Crawford and Horsethief Prescribed burns this week



The Cascade RD is planning the hand ignition of approximately 100 acres Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Crawford Prescribed burn area. The burn is located 4 miles east of Cascade, ID. Some smoke may be visible in the Cascade area for a few days. If you need further information, you may call the Cascade RD at 208-382-7400.

Advisory: There is a closure in effect for the Crawford Prescribed area.

Cascade Ranger District temporarily closes Eagles Nest Trail #111

The Cascade Ranger District is temporarily closing Eagles Nest Trail #111 to provide for public safety and protection from hazards associated with the Crawford Prescribed burn. The area will be closed beginning Oct. 17, 2018, and shall remain in effect, until Nov. 1, 2018, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. 0402-01-81

View Crawford closure and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Also, The Cascade RD is also planning the hand and possible aerial ignition of approximately 250 acres Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18, and 19, in the Horsethief Prescribed burn area. The burn is located 3 miles northeast of Horsethief Reservoir in Valley County. Some smoke may be visible in the Cascade area for a few days. If you need further information, you may call the Cascade RD at 208-382-7400.










Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Open Continuous Vacancies- Lead Forestry Technician (Fire) (Engine Crew Lead) - Multiple Locations


Lead Forestry Technician (Fire) (Engine Crew Lead), GS-0462-05/06
Announcement No: ID-Merit-2019-0006
Opens: 10/16/2018  Closes:  12/17/2018
Location:  Multiple
Full Performance Level:  GS-06
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.
Open to:
- All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility.
- CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles.
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities
- Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS 


Lead Forestry Technician (Fire) (Engine Crew Lead), GS-0462-05/06
Announcement No: ID-DEU-2019-0002
Opens: 10/16/2018  Closes:  12/17/2018
Location:  Multiple
Full Performance Level:  GS-06
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.
Open to all U.S. citizens.

To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS 

Note: These announcements are being advertised concurrently.  Applicants should apply for each announcement they wished to be considered for. 

These are open continuous announcements for the BLM fire program within Idaho.  Recruitment will continue through the closing date to fill positions as they become vacant.  Certificates will be issued as the need occurs.  Referrals will be made from the best qualified candidates.  The best qualified candidates will be determined based on the applicant pool available at each cut-off date (see list below).  The first cut-off date will be November 1, 2017.  All required documentation must be received by 11:59 P.M. Eastern time of the cut-off date to be considered for referral.  Cut-off dates will be:
November 15, 2018
December 17, 2018



Positions May Be Filled in the Following Areas:

Boise District Fire & Aviation with possible duty locations in Boise, Bruneau, Star, or Hammet, Idaho.

Idaho Falls District Fire & Aviation with possible duty locations in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, or Salmon, Idaho.

Twin Falls District Fire & Aviation with possible duty locations in Twin Falls, Shoshone, or Burley, Idaho. 

For more information about BLM:  BLM Careers Page

Wednesday, October 3, 2018




#PineyFire mapped at 440 acres. Crews and equipment established containment lines and mopped up hot spots. Fire behavior has slowed. Estimated containment is set for 10/3 at 6 p.m. with estimated control set for 10/04 at 8 p.m. #BLMTFDFire

Twin Falls District Fire Update

 
For Immediate Release: October 3, 2018
Contact: Kelsey Brizendine, 208-732-7315

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#BLMTFDFire)
Piney Fire
       Location: six miles northeast of Fairfield   
       Size: estimated 200 acres
       Contain: unknown
       Control: unknown
       Resources: Fairfield Rural Fire Department, two dozers, 4 BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engine,
       Fuel type: grass, brush, timber
       Fire behavior: smoldering and running
       Structures threatened: structures in the area are not immediately threatened
       Cause: under investigation


For More Information-
       Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov
       208-308-5991




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nature Conservancy Plans Controlled Burn at Flat Ranch Preserve


Southwest Idaho Fall prescribed burning planned


Boise, Idaho. Sept. 26, 2018 -- Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed burns this fall. Prescribed burns are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), minimize wildfire potential near communities and improve wildlife habitat.
Weather and fuel conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in October and continue through November. Approximately 2,600 acres are planned for controlled ignitions in 13 project areas within the Boise National Forest.
Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that consider: safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All prescribed burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when conditions are favorable.
Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns.  Prescribed burns may impact individual’s that are sensitive to smoke. Recreationists should use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas and comply with closures.
Access to areas immediately within or adjacent to burning operations may be temporarily restricted for public health and safety. Specific information and signage will be posted in advance of ignitions and remain in place until operations are completed. Please be cautious of firefighters and additional equipment within these areas as visibility will be decreased with smoke.
The www.rxfire.com website is updated with information regarding southwest Idaho burns planned within Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Payette National Forest and Boise National Forest.
The Boise National Forest prescribed burn hotline: (208)-373-4208.

Idaho City Ranger District
·     Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire), using hand ignitions to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface (WUI).
·     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 ignitions that will reduce fuel in the WUI.
·     Mores South-Granite Creek (250 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignitions to reduce fuels in the WUI.
Cascade Ranger District
·     Horsethief (360 acres): located about 1 mile east/northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand ignitions to reduce fuels throughout the area that is within the WUI.
·     Westside Restoration Unit 39 (25 acres): This project is located on National Forest System (NFS) road 435 along West Mountain. It is approximately 10 miles west of Cascade, Idaho. This will be hand ignitions burn to reduce fuels within the WUI.
·     Crawford (100 acres): located approximately 4 miles east of Cascade, Idaho adjacent to the Crawford Guard Station, located off of NFS road 22, northeast of Davis reservoir; within WUI area.
·     Lower Johnson Thinning (95 acres): Is a project designed to reduce hazardous fuels within the WUI. This project is located approximately 7 miles south of Yellow Pine along NFS road 413 and Johnson Creek.
·     Yellow Pine Blowdown (40 acres): is located approximately 62 miles from Cascade, Idaho and is adjacent to the community of Yellow Pine. Hand Ignitions will be used to ignite machine piles along NFS roads 412, 413.
·     Rainbow Point (19 acres): This project is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Cascade, Idaho. Machine Piles located within the Rainbow Point campground will be ignited by hand to reduce fuel accumulations throughout the campground.
Mountain Home Ranger District
·     Cottonwood II Rx (1000 acres): This project is located about 17 miles NE of Boise, Idaho along NFS roads 203 and 377 in the Cottonwood Creek drainage, north of Arrowrock Reservoir.
Emmett Ranger District
·       Miscellaneous Administrative Piles (1-2 acres): At Garden Valley work center.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BLM urges hunting and wildfire safety

 News Release
DATE: September 25, 2018
CONTACT:  Jennifer Kline, (208) 373-3963

BLM urges hunting and wildfire safety

STATEWIDE, Idaho – As the weather starts to cool and leaves turn golden brown, many Idaho residents are getting ready for hunting season.  Whether you’re target shooting or building your family’s traditional hunting camp, fire managers urge Idahoans to shoot responsibly and to be vigilant about taking precautions to prevent wildland fires.
“Wildfire conditions are dynamic this time of year,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Michael Morcom. “We are still seeing wildfires ignite and grow at alarming rates, which is unusual for this late in the fire season.”
Multiple fires are currently burning in Idaho and some of them are either in or near hunting units. Please be mindful that even though you may not see the firefighters, they are out there.  Remember the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, especially Rule #3: “Be sure of the target, what is in front of it and beyond it.” For more information, please visit https://www.hunter-ed.com/idaho/studyGuide/The-Ten-Commandments-of-Firearm-Safety/201014_700016216/
On May 10, 2018, acting BLM Idaho State Director Peter J. Ditton issued a Fire Prevention Order prohibiting the possession or use of steel core, incendiary, and/or tracer ammunition as well as exploding targets while shooting. Be proactive and take precautionary measures by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target shooting area and having fire safety equipment (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water) on hand. Studies have shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as often as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments.
Before you head out to your favorite hunting spot, make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks thrown from an improperly maintained vehicle or trailer can cause roadside fires without the knowledge of the driver.
Finally, everyone enjoys a campfire, but the devastating effects of an escaped campfire when left unattended could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to completely extinguish your campfire and any warming fires before leaving the area.

For more information on current area wildfires and fire prevention information visit www.idahofireinfo.com, Idaho Fire Info on Facebook, and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Indian Butte Fire Emergency Closure LIFTED


#IndianButteFire Emergency Closure has been LIFTED. Patelzick, Dry Creek and Pleasant Valley can all be accessed. As you return to hunt and recreate please be fire safe. Even though it is chilly over night and in the morning, conditions remain dry and vegetation is primed to ignite.