Rookie Fire School

Rookie firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management and Sawtooth National Forest build a fire line around a prescribed burn during Basic Fire School Field Day on June 4, 2015 at the Methodist Camp north of Fairfield.

TIMES-NEWS FILE PHOTO

BURLEY – The Minidoka Ranger District is preparing for a 1,200-acre prescribed burn in Rock Creek Canyon. It will incorporate upper Mountain View Creek and surrounding areas.

The burn will likely to begin in late October, and no burn will be conducted until October 9 to reduce hunting interference. The burn could last anywhere from one to five days.

During the operation, access to the upper portion of the Rim View Trail will be closed, along with the Buckskin Ridge Road System.

The burn is intended to restore healthy aspen stands that were encroached by sub-albine fir. Big game species like deer and elk depend on young aspen stands for fawning/calving, food and cover.

Heavy smoke may be visible from the Twin Falls, Murtaugh and Burley areas. Residual smoke may impact campgrounds in the Rock Creek Canyon, especially for people sensitive to smoke particles in the air.

For updated information regarding the time of the burn and corresponding closures, visit the Sawtooth National Forest Facebook page. For any further questions, contact the Minidoka Ranger District at 208-678-0430.

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