Well before Idaho's wildfire season is sparked, state and federal land managers want to get going with their own fires—the kind of fires they like. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Lands are planning to ignite prescribed burns on a maximum of 19,160 acres this spring and, if conditions permit, another 8,365 acres in the fall for a combined total of 27,525 acres.
Prescribed fires target areas of Idaho, particularly after logging operations have come through, so that managers can reduce thick forest vegetation and logging slash that could otherwise fuel wildfires.
While conducting the prescribed burns, federal and state land managers work through the Montana/Idaho Airshed Group to limit the accumulation of smoke generated by the prescribed fires.
“The Montana/Idaho Airshed Group helps ensure federal and state air quality standards are met, and working closely with Idaho DEQ provides the key links to achieve prescribed fire benefits while maintaining acceptable air quality," said David Olson, Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer.