Fall burning planned at BLM’s Mineral Ridge and Blue Creek Bay sites

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Cooler temperatures and a forecast of significant rain will provide Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire personnel the optimal conditions for burning slash piles remaining from salvage logging operations over the next several weeks across northern Idaho.

As early as the week of Oct. 25, visitors and adjacent landowners in the Mineral Ridge, Blue Creek Bay and Gamlin Lake areas may see smoke in the area. Residual smoke can also be expected following initial ignition as debris can take several days to burn. The BLM asks visitors to these sites to avoid going near smoldering slash piles.

Access may also be limited to these recreation areas so that fire personnel can safely conduct operations.   

Residual slash piles resulting from logging operations are typically left for several months to cure out, allowing the material to burn more thoroughly. 

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Endsley, public affairs, at 208-769-5004.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 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. 

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Bureau of Land Management


Coeur d'Alene Field Office


Suzanne Endsley