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Prescribed fires burning near Coeur d’Alene

The Forest Service is conducting prescribed burning today in the Wolf Lodge area near Lake Coeur d’Alene.

About 150 acres in the Wolf Lodge and Blue Creek areas are targeted for burning over the next week. Smoke from the fires will be visible from Interstate 90 and motorists traveling on Forest Service roads in the area could face short delays as a result of heat and smoke.

The burns target slash left over from logging operations.

Meanwhile, the Forest Service has additional prescribed burns planned on 2,000 acres in the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. A helicopter will be used to start small fires needed to reduce fuels, improve big game habitat and thin-out brush.

Setting the small fires will reduce the risk of large wildfires near rural communities and outbreaks of forest pests, such as bark beetles, said Acting District Ranger Dan Scaife.

The Forest Service is working with the Montana/Idaho Airshed Group to monitor smoke from the fires and burn under conditions that reduce smoke accumulation.

More information is available on the prescribed burning hotline: 1-800-232-FIRE. For maps of the areas targeted for burning, visit: www.northidahorxfire.com.



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