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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fire safety burn permits no longer required this year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2017

Fire safety burn permits no longer required this year

(BOISE) – After October 20, a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is no longer required until next year for burning activities outside city limits.

The permits are required from May 10 to October 20 every year during “closed fire season” and can be obtained online at burnpermits.idaho.gov or in person at IDL offices statewide.

People still should check with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, tribal reservations if applicable, and local fire departments before burning for potential burning limitations and required permits.

Idaho law (38-115) requires any person who plans to burn anything outside city limits anywhere in Idaho – including crop residue burning and excluding recreational campfires – during closed fire season to obtain a fire safety burn permit.

Even though a fire safety burn permit is not required outside closed fire season, the permit may still be obtained year round. 

The fire safety burn permit system informs fire managers where burning activities are occurring, reducing the number of false runs to fires and saving firefighting resources for instances in which they are truly needed. It also enables fire managers to respond more quickly to fires that escape, potentially reducing the liability of the burner if their fire escapes.

The fire safety burn permit is free of charge and good for 10 days after it is issued. Permits issued through the self-service web site are available seven days a week, issued immediately, and valid immediately.

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CONTACT: Emily Callihan, Public Information Officer
208-334-0236 or ecallihan@idl.idaho.gov

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