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Field burning will start this afternoon on the West Side

September 4, 2022

Starting at around 1 p.m. today, Boundary County residents may see several fields being burned by private landowners on the east side of the Kootenai River. These field burns have been coordinated with U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands and are a preemptive measure to reduce available fuels in the valley.

Pre-burning of available fuels will reduce the likelihood of spot fires starting in the river valley from embers that may originate from the Kootenai River Complex fires. The field burns will occur in irrigation districts four, five and six in the Kootenai River Valley.

The four fires in the Kootenai River Complex, currently burning in the Selkirk range, have not crossed into the valley and are still located west of Westside Road.

Columns of smoke seen after 1 p.m. on the east side of the Kootenai River are prescribed burns and do not require an emergency call.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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