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Minidoka RD Prescribed Burn

Media Contact 208‐423-7559/731-8604

Julie Thomas

October 16, 2018



BURLEY, ID - With the recent wet weather reducing overall fire risk, the Minidoka Ranger District plans to kick off their fall prescribed burn season. The district plans to accomplish three underburns as well as pile burning once conditions allow.


The predicted weather may allow for an underburn in the Sublett Division as soon as this weekend (Saturday the 20th into Sunday). This falls in Idaho Fish and Game hunting unit 56, and could cause minor impacts to deer hunters. However, the district is not planning to implement any official closure orders to minimize these impacts, and is simply asking for cooperation and diligence from Forest users when interacting with fire personnel. For public safety, the burn area will be cleared prior to any ignitions. This burn will take place in the Yellowjacket Springs area along FS road 720.


All other burning activities will occur in the Rock Creek area of the Cassia Division in the Rock Creek Fuels and Vegetation Project. All of these burns aim to restore healthy Forest and Rangeland plant communities, spur aspen regeneration, and reduce wildland fuels.


Certain fuel and weather conditions must be met as well as adequate personnel availability for any prescribed burn to be successful. While we hope for conditions to line up this weekend or possibly early next week, the exact timing is not certain.


For questions and up-to-date information, please contact the Minidoka Ranger District at 208-678-0430.






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