BOISE, Idaho, Fire officials on the Boise National Forest will soon begin their annual fall prescribed burning program of nearly 3,100 acres this year, which could last for several weeks depending on weather and fuel conditions.
Fire crews anticipate favorable weather conditions by early October, as temperatures continue to drop allowing them to ignite low-intensity prescribed fires that reduce potential wildfire fuel, improve wildlife habitat and reduce threats to nearby communities.
Specific information is available by contacting the local ranger districts, the Boise National Forest Headquarters at 208-373-4100, online at www.rxfire.com or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208.
Fire officials strongly advise hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before heading out into the forest.
Fire personnel will attempt to contact people who might be hunting or recreating in an area before a planned ignition. Impacts to recreational users on the forest are anticipated to be very minimal.
Lowman Ranger District (530 acres):
Cascade Ranger District (440 acres):
Emmett Ranger District (869 acres):
Mountain Home Ranger District (1267 acres):
Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.
Site-specific burn plans have been developed to address potential smoke management concerns. All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Local residents may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.