Fire Management & Aviation
ALL LARGE WILDFIRE INFORMATION WITHIN THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST WILL BE POSTED TO INCIWEB.
INCIWEB is used for information about wildfires primarily over 100 acres in size. To locate Boise National Forest fire information click on the State dropdown link and then choose Idaho. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov
These are the Only official sites for information (including fire information) for the Boise National Forest.
Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ (use drop down –top right- Idaho)
Idaho Fire Information:
Fire Information Center at Boise Dispatch: 208-384-3266
If you have an emergency, call 911.
For members of the public that want to know about wildfires occurring across the Boise Forest, several method are available.
To report a wildfire, call Boise Interagency Dispatch at 208-384-3398.
- Boise Dispatch Fire Information Center: 208-384-3266
- The Boise Dispatch Fire Information Center has a message hotline that will be updated with current information about fires burning within the Forest when fires are large. The center will also be staffed during large fires. During minimal fire activity, you may call the Boise National Forest at 208-373-4100.
BOISE NF FIRE INFORMATION
The Boise National Forest encompasses over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland. Every year, the Forest fire staff manages over 100 wildland fires within those acres. In 2013, there were 134 fires on the Forest which burned almost 140,000 acres. For the 10 year period between 2004 and 2013, the average number of fires and acres was 114 fires with 74,325 acres involved. The peak year was 2007 when 346,500 acres burned, followed in 2008 when only 152 acres burned!
In accordance with interagency federal fire policy, the Boise National Forest operates under a Fire Management Plan (FMP). This plan provides direction to fire personnel so they can determine the best management response to an unplanned ignition. This includes ensuring fire fulfills its natural role in some pre-determined areas, and is fully suppressed in other areas such as the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).
To this end, the FMP divides the Forest into three Fire Management Units (FMU) that each has unique characteristics and values-at-risk. A management response is implemented for each wildland fire, depending on the FMU. The appropriate response will safely manage wildland fires consistent with land and resource management objectives, community or economic factors and fire management direction while providing for public and firefighter safety. To read the Boise National Forest Fire Management Plan and learn more about the FMUs.
To learn more about fire and aviation management in the USDA Forest Service, go to http://www.fs.fed.us/fire//.
DEFENSIBLE SPACE: Protecting Your Home and Property from Wildfire
How to Report a Wildfire - CALL 911
- As visitation increases on the Boise National Forest, officials ask for continued cooperation in preventing wildfires. Here are some tips on how to report a fire.
- Call 911. The Boise National Forest dispatch center can also be reached at (208) 384-3398.
- Provide your name and phone number in case we need to call you back.
- Provide your location as specifically as possible. Refer to Forest Road numbers, estimated mileage from main road intersections and/or geographic landmarks.
- Describe what you observe, and if any people and vehicles are in the area.
- Don’t put yourself at risk. You’ve done your civic duty by reporting the fire. Leave the fire-fighting to the professionals and move a safe distance away.
- Watch Wildfire Prevention Defensible Space Video: https://youtu.be/nFQKw0kUrAo
FIRE RESTRICTION INFORMATION
http://www.idahofireinfo.com/ - this interagency website developed by federal and state agencies in Idaho to provide timely and accurate information of wildland fires, fire restrictions, and prevention and education across the state. Once on the page, note the link in the upper left of the home page for the "Boise Dispatch" center. This link will take you to a page that is specific to wildfires on the Boise National Forest, and Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA).
PACK IT IN AND PACK IT OUT!
VIEW DOCUMENT - Keeping your campsite and campfire ring clean. Show respect for the next camper.
Area closures are sometimes used in specific parts of the Forest due to the risk of wildfires starting, due to ongoing fire and firefighter activity, or due to dangerous conditions left by a recent fire.
Closures are listed under closures on the Alerts and Notices page.
PRESCRIBED FIRES AND SMOKE
In 1999, the U.S. General Accounting Office in reference to Western National Forests stated that “the most extensive and serious problem related to the health of national forests in the interior West is the over-accumulation of vegetation, which has caused an increasing number of large, intense, uncontrollable and catastrophically destructive wildfires.” These wildfires are harder to control, which puts the public and firefighters at higher risk. Fires need heat, oxygen and fuel in order to burn. Fire behavior is influenced by weather, topography and fuel. Fuel (i.e. vegetation) is the only wildfire component that can be modified by management. Fuel removal options are few…thinning, logging and prescribed burning, or a combination of these options.
Prescribed burns are sometimes conducted on the Boise National Forest toremove an excess of vegetation in areas that could become a large, intense wildland fire if ignited unintentionally, either by lightning or people. These prescribed fires are conducted within a “prescription” that defines the location, fuel moisture levels, air temperatures, wind conditions, and relative humidity levels that are appropriate for each project.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather and approval from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ).
Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community by working closely with IDEQ as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time to ultimately limit the number of days smoke is in the air.
For more information about a recently completed fuels thinning project - VIEW HERE
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Idaho Smoke Management Program
Montana/Idaho Airshed Management System - Prescribed fire and air quality information.
NASA - Fire and Smoke Satellite Images
For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health click HERE.
Idaho Smoke Blog: Idsmoke.blogspot.com
For Information about smoke, visit these web sites:
Boise NF Prescribed Fire Program
2016 Prescribed Fire Program:
Hotline: Updates for planned ignitions:
National Fire Plan and Healthy Forest Initiative
Healthy Forests and Rangelands
Wildland Urban Interface
Do you have defensible space? Visit www.firewise.org to learn more about creating defensible space around your home to help minimize the threat of wildfire. More information:
For an overview of specific information on how to apply for a Boise National Forest seasonal firefighting jobs - HERE.
To apply for a job: www.usajobs.gov