USFS begins Two Mile prescribed burn project

Print Article

  • Photo by CHANSE WATSON/ USFS crews load up the fuel-filled ping pong like balls into sleeves before they are loaded onto the helicopter. The balls are first dumped into a dispenser attached to the helicopter. Then when they are over the target area, the balls are injected with another chemical and dropped before they ignite.

  • 1

    USFS map detailing the locations in which crews will be burning.

  • Photo by CHANSE WATSON/ USFS crews load up the fuel-filled ping pong like balls into sleeves before they are loaded onto the helicopter. The balls are first dumped into a dispenser attached to the helicopter. Then when they are over the target area, the balls are injected with another chemical and dropped before they ignite.

  • 1

    USFS map detailing the locations in which crews will be burning.

OSBURN – Things may get a little smoky in the Osburn area for the next few days, but residents have no reason to worry. United States Forest Service personnel are currently conducting controlled burn operations in the Two Mile area, roughly 1-2 miles north of Interstate 90.

Beginning Tuesday morning, ground crews with the assistance of a helicopter will be lighting up specific parts of wilderness along Two Mile Gulch drainage- going as far north as the Two Mile Saddle (see map).

With guidance from the ground crews, the helicopter team will drop hundreds of small fuel-filled ping pong like balls onto designated areas. This method helps crews cover more ground in a shorter amount of time.

USFS explains that the primary objectives of this burn project are:

•Reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface.

•Establish and maintain long-lived early seral species and resilient forest structure.

•Maintain and improve dry-site wildlife and big game habitat

Individuals who live, recreate, or hunt near the burn area are responsible for understanding your location relative to the project areas. Trails and burn areas may be temporarily closed to the public to ensure safety. Areas will be surveyed prior to ignition as an attempt to ensure that no people are present.

USFS asks that individuals avoid burn areas due to hazardous conditions such rapid and unpredictable flame spread, falling snags and trees, heavy smoke and limited visibility, and rolling rocks and logs.

The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests plans to burn up to 300 acres beginning Spring 2018 (April-June) and continuing in Fall 2018 (September-October) if the desired weather, soil moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are met.

Smoke may be visible in the area for several days after the burning phase of the prescribed fire is completed. The Forest Service will monitor the fires until they are completely out.

Ignition of the prescribed fires will cease if there is a change in burning conditions and management objectives are not being met.

For more information on the project, visit www.northidahorxfire.com for schedule and specific locations.

If you are particularly sensitive to smoke, or would like to be notified each day of the burn, please contact Sarah Jerome at 208-783-2363 or visit the USFS office at 173 Commerce Drive, Smelterville, ID 83868.

The office phone number is 208-783-2363 and office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Skills fair takes park visitors back in time

July 21, 2018 at 1:00 am | Shoshone News-Press CATALDO — Last weekend, Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park hosted the 36th annual Skills Fair and Mountain Man Encampment. The Skills Fair showcased skills used by people in the early years of t...

Comments

Read More

Events calendar July 21-27

July 21, 2018 at 1:00 am | Shoshone News-Press SATURDAY, JULY 21 • Wallace 2nd Art’n Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour residential gardens in Wallace, showcasing area artists with their creations available for purchase. Painters, cr...

Comments

Read More

Driver, passengers all survive rollover accident on I-90

July 21, 2018 at 12:09 am | Shoshone News-Press CATALDO –– A mother and her daughters are lucky to be alive right now after rolling their vehicle and trailer on westbound Interstate 90 on Friday afternoon. According to Danielle Hamilton, the driv...

Comments

Read More

Krista Hojem: Making a dream a reality

July 20, 2018 at 8:17 am | Shoshone News-Press A soft but powerful voice permeates through the farmer’s market as people meander through the booths and beer garden, covering songs by artists like Sia and Gotye — each one similar to the original, ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 752-1120
620 E Mullan Ave.
P.O. Box 589
Osburn, Idaho 83849

©2018 Shoshone News Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X