If you see smoke drifting from Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, it's because the Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is conducting a prescribed burn.
Weather conditions permitting, the burning of slash piles will start Wednesday on 450 acres directly adjacent to Bogus. The slash piles are piles of limbs and other wood were left from the Boise Ridge Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. They were created by thinning activity designed to reduce the long-term risk of wildfire, help protect private property and wildland-urban interface, reduce insect mortality, invigorate aspen stands and improve conifer tree growth.
Another 50 acres of slash piles may be burned as part of a thinning project in the Rattlesnake and Strawberry Loop areas.
Forest officials say burns could last one to three weeks and will be planned when weather conditions will disperse smoke away from surrounding communities. But, parts of the Valley floor in the immediate area could be smoky in the late evenings and early mornings.
Signs will be posted to alert drivers, and officials said efforts will be made to limit burning on weekends and holidays to reduce public impact.