Prescribed burns in Boise National Forest in anticipation for spring
The Lowman and Emmett Ranger Districts of the Boise National Forest anticipate starting their annual spring prescribed burn program in the upcoming weeks as the winter snow pack recedes and with favorable weather.
Two prescribed burning operations are planned on the Lowman Ranger District:
Bear Creek Prescribed Underburn (680 acres) located just northwest of the Grand-Jean Lodge.
Sams Pine Prescribed Underburn (1,500 acres) located within the Deadwood river drainage 5-miles northwest of Lowman.
Two prescribed burning operations are planned on the Emmett Ranger District:
Poorman Prescribed Underburn (1,132 acres) located across from the Garden Valley Ranger Station within the Station Creek drainage. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has provided funding for this prescribed burn. The project is in its final phase.
Rocky Canyon Restoration Prescribed Underburn (2,100 acres) located northeast of Crouch up the Middle Fork of the Payette River, within the Boom Creek drainage.
These prescribed burns will be ignited generally in one day by dropping small, chemically treated plastic spheres from a helicopter that ignite after hitting the ground. The burn objectives are to use low and moderate intensity fire on 60-90 percent of the area to reduce the accumulation of pine needles, branches, small diameter wood and lower tree limbs to reduce the ability of a summer wildfire reaching the crowns of trees.
Prescribed burns facilitate the role of fire in the more non-volatile seasonal periods and benefit wildlife habitat by stimulating new grass and shrub growth.