Purpose and Need for the Project
The Gateway Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) is a consortium of federal and tribal agencies, city and county fire organizations and other emergency responders. The purpose of the cooperative is to suppress and prevent wildland urban interface (WUI) fires in and adjacent to the initial response areas of the cooperating agencies, and prevent fires through education and public outreach. As members of GIFF, the Idaho BLM Pocatello Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Westside Ranger District conducted the NEPA analysis for the Portneuf Westbench HFR Project in 2003. This project has been implemented in and adjacent to Pocatello, Idaho since 2004. About 27,200 acres are contained within the project analysis area - a mixture of private, federal, state, city and county lands. Of the total acreage, agencies expect to treat about 2,700 acres of federal, state, and private lands using a mixture of methods including mechanical, prescribed fire, and chemical weed control.
Phil Damon, field manager, 208-478-6341