Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat (BOSH) Jackpot Prescribed Burn, located southwest of Oreana, between Feb. 24 and April 30 depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions.
The objective is to burn areas of heavy, dead tree branches, called jackpots, accrued from the BOSH project’s juniper treatments over a 1,098-acre area. The BOSH project is aimed at reducing the encroachment of western juniper trees into the grass and sagebrush-dominated sage-steppe ecosystem, which supports wildlife habitat, grazing and recreation.
The burning will occur mainly in two areas: one along Bachman Grade Road and a second near Triangle, located 8 and 20 miles southwest of Oreana, respectively. There will be no delays to public traffic.
Upon favorable conditions, fire managers expect to be burning for three to seven days, with subsequent mop-up and patrol occurring for several days afterward. The public can expect to see smoke during ignitions and mop-up.
Fire managers will be targeting weather and fuel conditions that minimize fire spread, such as snow, high fuel moisture and new grass growth. Containing the fire spread to individual tree debris zones protects nearby live vegetation and allows for faster vegetation recovery.
For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.