Prescribed Burns Near Bogus Basin Begin Today

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As the snow recedes, fire crews will be able to conduct prescribed burns in the tree wells. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • As the snow recedes, fire crews will be able to conduct prescribed burns in the tree wells.
Tree well burning operations work to decrease fuels underneath large trees. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • Tree well burning operations work to decrease fuels underneath large trees.
The Boise National Forest Mountain Home Ranger District plans to begin a unique prescribed burn today on land directly adjacent to Bogus Basin Ski Resort. The project is called the Boise Ridge Tree Well burn, where open patches of ground under or near tree wells will be burned. The burns will take place in an area 300 to 400 acres in size, below the main resort parking lot and near the nordic trails—starting today through Friday.

The goal of the burn is to reduce the threat of tree mortality. Having a cool and low intensity flame near the tree trunk and the lower limbs helps restore fire-adapting characteristics in the trees and reduces available fuels like needles and small branches, should a summer wildfire burn through the area.

The burn was supposed to take place last week, but poor weather conditions postponed the operation to today. It's still coming a month earlier than planned, due to quickly-receding snow. More information is available from the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208.