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Friday, February 19, 2021

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho

 




News Release

DATE: February 19, 2021

CONTACT: Jared Jablonski, jjablonski@blm.gov, 208-384-3210 

 

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho


BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat (BOSH) Jackpot Prescribed Burn, located southwest of Oreana, between Feb. 24 and April 30 depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions.  

 

The objective is to burn areas of heavy, dead tree branches, called jackpots, accrued from the BOSH project’s juniper treatments over a 1,098-acre area. The BOSH project is aimed at reducing the encroachment of western juniper trees into the grass and sagebrush-dominated sage-steppe ecosystem, which supports wildlife habitat, grazing and recreation. 

 

The burning will occur mainly in two areas: one along Bachman Grade Road and a second near Triangle, located 8 and 20 miles southwest of Oreana, respectively. There will be no delays to public traffic. 

 

Upon favorable conditions, fire managers expect to be burning for three to seven days, with subsequent mop-up and patrol occurring for several days afterward. The public can expect to see smoke during ignitions and mop-up. 

 

Fire managers will be targeting weather and fuel conditions that minimize fire spread, such as snow, high fuel moisture and new grass growth. Containing the fire spread to individual tree debris zones protects nearby live vegetation and allows for faster vegetation recovery.  

 

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378. 





Bureau of Land Management firefighter igniting areas of heavy, downed juniper jackpots during the 2019 Trout Springs Prescribed Burn in Owyhee County, Idaho.