Gem State Roundup

Prescribed burns in Boise National Forest planned through February

By: - November 2, 2021 3:52 am
National Interagency Fire Center

The National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the response to wildfires throughout the United States, is located in Boise. (Courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center)

Fire managers will conduct prescribed burns on about 410 acres in the Boise National Forest over the next four months to reduce vegetation fuels and lower the risk of large wildfire potential to communities. 

In addition to the prescribed burns, fire managers will burn hand piles and debris piles at 17 different sites in the Boise National Forest, forest service public affairs staff officer Venetia Gempler announced in a press release.

Beginning this fall and continuing into early 2022, fire managers will conduct prescribed burns in Clear Creek, located off National Forest Service Road 582 and Miller Creek, along National Forest Service Road 592 north of Idaho Highway 21. 

United States Forest Service officials said signs and other information will be posted along roads that access the burn areas before the fires start. Firefighters will closely monitor the burns and may have equipment along roads in those areas.

Fire officials said they plan the burns to account for safety, weather conditions and smoke impact. However, they said smoke from the prescribed burns could affect people who are sensitive to smoke and some burns may include road closures or impact travel in the areas.

Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas,” the forest service press release states. 

Officials also anticipate burning hand piles in Lick Creek, along National Forest Service Road 558.

Crews also plan to burn hand piles in Little Muddy Creek drainage and Grimes Pass, located about three miles east of Idaho City. 


Federal and state public land managers post interactive maps and update burn schedules online. In addition to the Boise National Forest, information about burns planned for this fall in the Payette National Forest and the Sawtooth National Forest is also available via the interactive maps.

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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.