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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

National Public Lands Day: BLM Twin Falls to partner with Clif Bar Bakery to plant sagebrush

MEDIA ADVISORY 
DATE: Oct. 16, 2017
CONTACT: Heather Tiel-Nelson, 208-736-2352

National Public Lands Day: BLM Twin Falls to partner with Clif Bar Bakery to plant sagebrush

Area burned by last summer’s Mammoth fire to be rehabilitated

        TWIN FALLS, Idaho – In the spirit of National Public Lands Day where thousands of volunteers partner to restore America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District and Clif Bar Baking Company of Twin Falls will partner Oct. 20 to plant sagebrush seedlings on approximately 1,000 acres that burned in last summer’s Mammoth fire. The planting is expected to begin by 9:30 a.m. just east of the entrance to Mammoth Cave, off Highway 75.

            Both the day and night shift team members (175) of the Bakery will participate in planting 10-20,000 Wyoming sagebrush seedlings in an effort to restore wildlife habitat.

         "This is a great opportunity to hasten the recovery of the land burned in the Mammoth Fire and enhance our area's natural environment," said BLM Twin Falls District Manager Mike Courtney.  "Those are goals that the BLM and the Clif Bar Company share."

            If members of the media are interested in covering the planting effort, please contact Heather Tiel-Nelson.

Monday, October 16, 2017

BLM to Continue Prescribed Burns South of Bird Canyon

News Release
DATE: October 16, 2017
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709

BLM to Continue Prescribed Burns South of Bird Canyon
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Lava Hot Springs, ID-- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District will continue burning slash piles beginning this fall in the Crystal Springs project area, south of Bird Canyon and west of Indian Falls subdivision. Thirty-acres of piled juniper will be lit during the Crystal Springs prescribed fire, approximately 2-3 miles north, northwest of Lava Hot Springs.

Junipers are volatile, burning very hot and fast during a wildfire. The reduction of juniper benefits the sagebrush steppe ecosystem as a whole, because stands of dense junipers soak up large amounts of water, reducing availability for other native plants, block sunlight for wildflowers and grasses, and give predator birds a perch to hunt small animals and birds.

“The Crystal Springs prescribed fire will reduce the encroachment of juniper into the wildland urban interface of Lava Hot Springs, which will reduce the potential for a large catastrophic wildfire in the area,” said Joel Gosswiller, Idaho Falls District BLM Fire Management Officer.

Firefighters will individually light each juniper pile when favorable weather and fuel conditions are met. Smoke may be seen from areas near the burn location, but fire personnel are taking precautions to reduce smoke impact to local residents.

While the BLM works to mitigate fires in the wildland urban interface, take a moment to assess your home’s defensible space. Is your home prepared for a large wildfire?
You can start by reducing fuels on your property. Remove juniper and other volatile plants near your home and keep up with yardwork.

For more information on what you can do to protect your home from a wildfire visit, www.idahofirewise.org and www.wildlandfirersg.org. 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Management Outreach Notice

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Management Outreach Notice
Twin Falls District BLM Fire Management is looking to fill these are permanent Long-Term Career Seasonal positions. It is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year.  When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status the following Permanent Career-Seasonal Fire positions. Positions located in Twin Falls, Shoshone, and Burley.

*       Range Technician (Fire)
(Senior Wildland Firefighter (Engine)
GS-0455-04/05
(ID-DEU-2018-0001) US Citizens

*       Lead Range Technician (Fire)
(Engine Crew Leader)
GS-0455-05/06
(ID-DEU-2018-0004) US Citizens
(ID-Merit-2018-0005) Federal Employees or Special Hiring Authorities

*       Lead Range Technician (Fire)
(Senior Firefighter - Helitack)
GS-0455-05/06
(ID-DEU-2018-0002) US Citizens
(ID-Merit-2017-0003) Federal Employees or Special Hiring Authorities

*       Range Technician (Fire)
(Helitack Squad Boss)
GS-0455-06/07
(ID-Merit-2018-0001) Federal Employees or Special Hiring Authorities​

*       Supervisory Range Technician (Fire)
(Engine Captain)
GS-0455-06/07
(ID-Merit-2018-0002) Federal Employees or Special Hiring Authorities

For more information contact: Kelsey Brizendine, 208-732-7315 or email tfdfirejobs@gmail.com


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ibex and Honeymoon Fires Trail Closures Rescinded

Salmon-Challis National Forest



Celebrate your public lands during BLM’s National Public Lands Day event

News Release
DATE:  September 20, 2017
CONTACT: Suzanne Endsley, 208-769-5004 or sendsley@blm.gov

Celebrate your public lands during BLM’s National Public Lands Day event

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho –Join us in celebrating your public lands during the Bureau of Land Management’s National Public Lands Day volunteer event in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday, Sept. 28.  This year’s event will be held at the BLM’s Blackwell Island Recreation Area, two miles south of Coeur d’Alene beginning at 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteer activities for the work day include helping construct a post and pole fence along the edge of the native plant garden at Blackwell Island, participating in general site maintenance and mulching of the plant garden.  If you are interested in lending a hand, please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain and plan to get a little dirty for a good cause!

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to enhance public lands for all to enjoy.  Across Idaho, the BLM expects hundreds of volunteers and partners to take part in National Public Lands Day events.  

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Endsley, BLM public affairs officer, at 208-769-5004 or visit https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/volunteers/national-public-lands-day



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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fire restrictions across the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area rescinded


    
    


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   CONTACTS:   Bureau of Land Management
September 18, 2017                                                                Coeur d’Alene District Office (208) 769-5004 Coeur d’Alene Tribe Fire Management (208) 686-1199 Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (208) 267-3519
Idaho Department of Lands (208) 769-1530
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Panhandle Region (208) 769-1414
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (208) 378-5243
U.S. Forest Service
Priest Lake Ranger District (208) 443-2512
Bonners Ferry Ranger District (208) 267-5561
Sandpoint Ranger District (208) 263-5111
Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District Fernan (208) 664-2318
Silver Valley (208) 783-2363
St. Joe Ranger District
St. Maries (208) 245-2531
Avery (208) 245-4517
Supervisor’s Office (208) 765-7223


Fire restrictions across the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area rescinded


COEUR D’ALENE, ID –Agencies responsible for managing lands and providing wildland fire protection in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area have lifted fire restrictions for the entire area. With the cooler temperatures and recent rainfall, conditions no longer warrant extreme fire danger; however, we are still reminding the public to be careful with their fires. Fire managers would like to thank everyone for their patience during fire restrictions and for their help preventing wildfires.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Unhealthy smoke and large wildfires call for increased safety awareness


BOISE, Idaho – Following a few passing storms over the weekend, some of the smoke in the Treasure Valley has cleared and blue skies have begun to return. This is a welcome relief from the past 7-10 days, when air quality conditions in Idaho ranged from unhealthy to very unhealthy. The smoke and unhealthy air were the result of wildfires in Idaho and neighboring states. While some of these fires were started naturally by lightning, many of them were human-caused and preventable.

The thick grass that grew in spring and summer of 2017, along with dead woody debris in forested areas, have created conditions for the long-lasting fires that blanketed Idaho communities with smoke. Although fires caused by lightning usually decrease in the fall, an abundance of dry fuels makes our landscape more susceptible to fire if an ignition occurs.

Fortunately, there are steps everyone can take to reduce human-caused wildfires and the threat of dangerous wildfires and unhealthy smoke.

Roadside starts are one of the major causes of wildfires in Idaho. Before driving onto public lands, make sure vehicles 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 blowout. Sparks can be thrown from a vehicle or trailer that is not properly maintained, causing roadside fires without the driver’s knowledge. Exhaust systems can reach up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, and pulling off the road and parking on dry grass can ignite a wildfire.

Hunting season is upon us and cool morning temperatures often mean building a fire for warmth. Make sure to completely extinguish all campfires before leaving campsites. Fires left unattended or not completely extinguished have been known to cause wildfires when embers fly outside of the fire ring. Weather can also warm up in the afternoon, creating conditions for grass or brush fires.

Fire officials are urging Idahoans to enjoy their time outdoors and the many recreation opportunities our public lands offer, but also to be attentive and report wildfires or suspicious activity immediately. If you see something, say something by contacting your local fire agency or by dialing 9-1-1.

Early reporting means fires can be extinguished when they are small, making firefighters’ jobs easier. It takes everyone’s help to make sure that we “Keep Idaho Green.”  Educating your family and friends about the risk unwanted wildfire poses to Idaho’s rangeland and forest ecosystems is one of the best ways to reduce fires in our state.

For the most current fire restrictions and wildfire information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com, call the Idaho Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-844-433-4737, and follow us on Twitter @BLMIdahoFire.
Air Quality information can be found on the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality webpage at: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/monitoring.aspx


Friday, September 15, 2017

Land Management Agencies lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in most zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area


McCall, Idaho – With cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation increasing into next week, local land management agencies will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette West, Payette East, and Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning Friday, September 15, 2017. The Fire Restrictions are rescinded by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).  Restrictions were terminated in the Weiser River Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
The Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice. See map below for location.
The restrictions were put into effect on August 11 when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought some moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, and with the days getting shorter fire conditions have moderated. Forest visitors are reminded that vegetation is still dry and to be careful with all use of fire in the outdoors.  The accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating.  Be alert and be aware.  Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:
  • NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
  • Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
  • Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
  • Use of fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds is prohibited on public lands
Area closures due to active wildfires are still in effect on some public lands, including the area affected by the Highline Fire on the Payette National Forest.  Contact the land management agency for your area of interest for specific information regarding fire closures.

Fire restrictions may be lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. Visit http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/ for more information.

Fire managers to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Sawtooth North Zone



                  SHOSHONE, Idaho- This week fire managers decided to lift fire restrictions for the Sawtooth North Zone effective Sept. 17 at midnight. This area includes federal, state and private forest, rangelands, roads and trails situated in Blaine, Camas, Custer, and Elmore counties. These areas are located within the Sawtooth North zone and are described below:
Sawtooth North Zone
All Sawtooth National Forest, Twin Falls District BLM, and Idaho State and private lands north of Highway 20 to the northern most Sawtooth National Forest boundary.  From Hill City east to the Craters of the Moon National Park Visitor Center.
While the need for open burning restrictions has decreased in some areas, fire managers would like to remind the public that the accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating.  Be alert and be aware.  Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:
o   NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
o   Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
o   Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
o   Never use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds on or near public land.

Do your part to keep the Magic Valley safe from wildfire. One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire.
If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please check with the Sawtooth Ranger District offices https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth, the Twin Falls District BLM www.blm.gov/idaho or theIdaho Department of Lands for the latest information or visit www.idahofireinfo.com or Idaho Fire Info on Facebook.