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Release Date: 02/15/13
Contacts: Sarah Wheeler (208) 524-7550    

BLM to Continue Prescribed Burns in Pocatello Northeast Bench

POCATELLO, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District will continue burning slash piles beginning early next week in the Pocatello Northeast bench area. The Pocatello Northeast Fuels project has been ongoing for the past three years and is located approximately a 1/2 mile east of the Satterfield area, just east of Summit Drive. Fire crews will finish burning piles that were not ignited this past fall. Total acreage for the project is approximately 20 acres of previously cut and piled juniper.
         “We’ve been working for the past three years to create openings in this continuous Juniper woodland,” said Joel Gosswiller, Assistant Fire Management Officer (AFMO), about the Pocatello Northeast Fuels project. “We hope to reduce fire hazards for the residents in the community and create defensible space in the area, which will ultimately aid in wildland fire suppression activities.”
Due to high moisture levels and low probability of ignition, the risks associated with disposing of these piles are minimal. Smoke may be seen from areas near the burn location, but fire personnel are taking precautions to ensure smoke production will be mitigated to reduce smoke impact to local residents.
On-site monitoring will be conducted to ensure compliance with the previously written burn plan. Firefighters will individually light each pile when favorable weather and fuel conditions are met. For more information about this projects contact BLM District Fire Ecologist, Gregory Mann at 208-478--6374.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013