It's been one year since an illegal firework sparked a massive wildfire near Table Rock. Today the landscape is still healing as firefighters warn of the dangers that still lay ahead.
A three to five-year rehabilitation plan has been put in place and Boise Parks and Recreation says the first year is the most critical and they have met their goals. Crews and an army of volunteers have been working to fight off non-native grasses. They have also planted 3,500 sage and bitterbrush plants.
"A lot of the plants made it through the winter cold and that is because they were insulated by snow and also we had a lot of great precipitation this spring however as it gets hotter and dryer we will probably see mortality just those shrubs but we will replant them," said Martha Barbec foothills restoration specialist for Boise Parks and Rec.
They plan to plant wildflowers and more bitter and sagebrush plants this fall. Over 2,000 acres burned and one home was destroyed during the fire which was sparked by a Roman candle.
With the Fourth of July on Tuesday, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says he is concerned another firework caused wildfire could happen. In the City of Boise, they are enforcing the Attorney General’s opinion that illegal fireworks should not be sold.