With the predicted change from warm and sunny to cool and rainy, we will quickly transition from fire season to burn season. Burn permits continue to be required through October 20. Permits can be issued in person at the Idaho Department of Lands office at 6327 Main St. in Bonners Ferry, or over the phone by calling 208-267-5577. Permits can also be obtained online at burnpermits.idaho.gov.

Once enough rain has fallen, loggers and forest managers will be burning logging slash piles produced during active forest management. Many of these piles are quite large, and when burning can produce large flames and considerable smoke. Pile burning is necessary step in forest management and required by Idaho Forestry Act to reduce the fire hazard associated with timber harvesting. Burning activity typically peaks after October 20. If you do see “fire in the trees,” consider whether you have seen log trucks coming from the area over the last year. If you have, it is likely a slash burn. If you remain concerned, calling 911 is the appropriate action to take.

Boundary County Fire Prevention Cooperative.