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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fire prevention specialist recognized in ceremony

TWIN FALLS, ID – Today, Idaho Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist Jennifer Myslivy was awarded the Bronze Smokey Bear Award during a ceremony held at the BLM Twin Falls District office.

Myslivy was recognized for leading “One Less Spark,” a robust fire prevention campaign, and creating "Steppe Up," a spinoff campaign designed to increase public awareness of how human-caused wildfires impact the sagebrush steppe ecosystem.  Steppe Up partners include the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Firewise, The Nature Conservancy, University of Idaho Rangeland Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Project Learning Tree, U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands. The campaign has also been adopted by BLM in Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Utah. Myslivy also participated on several prevention teams and committees, helped to expand the fire trespass program, and created the fire information website, which currently has over 1 million page views.

The Smokey Bear Award is the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire prevention.  This merit award has been bestowed on deserving groups and individuals annually since 1957.  The National Association of State Foresters, the USDA Forest Service and The Advertising Council sponsor the awards, and nominations are considered and voted upon by the members of the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee.  All three sponsoring organizations have representation on the Committee.

There are three levels of awards each year: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  All three award categories represent the highest level of recognition possible, the only difference being the geographical scope of the nominated work. 

For more information about the award, please contact BLM Idaho Assistant Fire Management Officer Eric Fransted at (208) 373-3855.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Southwest Idaho spring prescribed fire burning planned for the Boise National Forest

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), catastrophic wildfire potential, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce wildfire threats to communities.

The website is updated with information regarding southwest burns planned within Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Payette National Forest (NF) and Boise National Forest (NF). Weather and conditions permitting, burns are scheduled to start in April and continue through June. Approximately 1,760 acres are planned for ignition in eight project areas within the Boise NF.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, logistical and staffing considerations, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns undergo specific and deliberate criterion and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Information and regulation signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

Fire officials strongly advise recreationists and homeowners to plan activities in accordance with the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. The burns may impact access to designated burn areas, travel routes and individuals sensitive to smoke. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and slow driving speeds in areas of decreased visibility.

Specific prescribed fire information is available at:

Interagency prescribed fire information site:

Boise National NF Supervisor’s Office: (208)-373-4100
The Boise NF prescribed fire hotline: (208)-373-4208

The following Boise NF spring prescribed burns are planned:

Idaho City Ranger District
·        Warm Springs Ridge (200 acres):  located approximately 4 miles west of Idaho City. Prescribed burn using hand ignition to reduce surface vegetation (fuels).

·        Mores South (50 acres): located about 3 miles east of Idaho City. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition in the Wildland Urban Interface.
·        Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition in the Wildland Urban Interface

·        Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville. A landscape burn using hand ignition 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.

·        Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City. This is a modified tree well burn.

Cascade Ranger District

·        Horsethief (360 acres): located about 3 miles northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuels over the area.

·        Westside Restoration Unit 39 and 40 (consist of 25 acres each): This projects is located on FSRD 435 along West Mountain and is approximately 10 west of Cascade, Idaho.

This will hand lighting to reduce fuels within the wildland urban interface.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Compare and Contrast with the Boise Firewise Garden

Ever thought about what it looks like to have a #Firewise Landscape around your property? Take a look at the photos below to see the difference 8 years can make when installing a firewise landscape.

The main Firewise Garden next to the Idaho Botanical Gardens was established in 2008 (ground breaking winter of 2006/2007) and has flourished every day since. On average the garden receives 100,000 visitors and will host 10-12 groups for Firewise Landscaping classes per year.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Idaho and the garden will be in full bloom; so come and visit to see the variety of grasses, plants/shrubs, and trees that you can use on your property!

The Boise Firewise Garden in 2008!
The Boise Firewise Garden in the Fall of 2016!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Idaho Firewise on Instagram!

Idaho Firewise is now on Instagram! Head on over to check out their new page and  follow @IdahoFirewise. Various types of information will be posted from education/training videos, Firewise landscape classes, and photos of countless varieties of Firewise plants.

There are Firewise gardens throughout Idaho so plan to visit one of them this spring/summer near you.

  • Boise (4 locations), Twin Falls, Pocatello

For more information on Idaho Firewise visit these sites:

Twitter and Instagram: @idahofirewise

Great Basin Training Center coordinating national level aviation training in Mesa, AZ!

The National Air Tactical Group Supervisor/Helicopter Coordinator Academy (S-378) is being delivered in Mesa, AZ and the academy is being coordinated by the Great Basin Training Center that is located in Boise, ID.

Shaylor Sorenson from the Great Basin Training Center instructs at the academy 
The academy is a two-week enhanced delivery during which students are put through  multiple simulations, perform in actual cockpits with flight time, and participate in classroom discussions.
Flight crews get ready for daily simulation in Mesa, AZ.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Training Season is in Full Swing at the Great Basin Training Center in Boise, ID.

The Great Basin Training Center (GBTC) endeavors to provide high quality, interagency training opportunities to Great Basin geographic area students by offering an average of 45 intermediate and upper level wildland fire, aviation, prescribed fire, and fire management training courses each year.  

This week the GBTC is delivering L481 -  Advanced Leadership for Command and General Staff; 32 students from around the nation are participating. The course is a leadership development recommendation that focuses on leadership within the context of large/complex incident management, to include team collective tasks and functions accomplished by large Incident Management Teams (IMTs). 

Individual tasks include functioning as a productive member of a staff organization, being a positive contributor to staff decision making, maintaining a common operating picture, demonstrating staff member ethos, and projecting operational culture and leader’s intent.

Students Sarah Wheeler, Cory Berkebile, Clay Stephens, and Bryce Alexander from Idaho BLM. Dale Gardener from MCS, Solutions - Instructor.

Individuals from various location within the Idaho BLM organization are participating in the training as Fiance Section Chiefs.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bring back Laidlaw

When it comes to rehabilitating public land following a wildland fire, no one does it better than the Twin Falls District Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation program. Right on the heels of a wildland fire, tractors pulling drill seeders move onto the landscape to combat invasive species like cheat grass and restore thousands of acres of habitat. This all-important habitat supports a variety of wildlife – sage-grouse, mule deer and pygmy rabbits to name a few. Check out what it takes to conduct this time-sensitive and critical work!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Idaho BLM Fire and Aviation personnel attend Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training in Arizona

The Great Basin Training Center is partnering with the BLM National Aviation Office to deliver UAS training in Safford, AZ this week and next.  Students are getting hands on experience to fly aircraft and work toward BLM certification as UAS pilots.

Students learn the ins and outs of controlling the UAS prior to launch.

Jed Johns, Idaho BLM Fire and Aviation, piloting a UAS
during a field exercise.

Steve Ramaekers leads classroom discussions

Students at UAS training in Safford, AZ.