SOUTHEAST, ID – As temperatures drop and humidity increases, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District Fire program will initiate several prescribed burns throughout southeast Idaho. Prescribed burns allow fire personnel to safely re-introduce fire back onto the landscape to mimic a more natural fire regime and improve other natural resources.
Firefighters will begin operations in October and continue through December. Each unit is expected to take between 1-5 days to complete. Most of the projects are ongoing and entail burning previously cut and piled slash.
Firefighters will make sure that on-site monitoring will be conducted to ensure compliance with the previously written burn plan. Smoke may be seen from areas near the burn location, but is only expected to be visible the day of ignition. Fire personnel are taking precautions to ensure smoke production will be mitigated. Staff will be burning 30 acres in the Kilgore area, 30 acres in the Tex Creek area, 15 acres in the Pocatello Northeast area, 40 acres in the Portneuf West Bench area, 48 acres in the Soda Spring Hills, 68 acres near Malad and 110 acres near Downey.
“By doing these prescribed burns, we will be able to accomplish a variety of benefits,” said Dan Zajanc, Fire Operation Supervisor, with the BLM. The projects are expected to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuel loading, create defensible space around communities and enhance aspen reproduction.
For more information about these projects contact the following: for Kilgore and Tex Creek burns, Ben Dyer, Fire Ecologist at 208-524-7534; for Pocatello area, Soda Springs, Malad and Downey contact BLM Fire Ecologist, Shelli Mavor at 208-478-6365.