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Big Springs Fire causes minor damage to Boise Foothills trails

The Big Springs fire burned the area around three Ridge to Rivers trails last week.
The Big Springs fire burned the area around three Ridge to Rivers trails last week. Courtesy of Ada County Parks & Waterways

The Big Springs Fire last week near Eagle created minor damage to three Ridge to Rivers trails — mostly because of the efforts to contain the fire.

The affected trails were Rabbit Run, Big Springs Loop and Veterans on the west end of the Ridge to Rivers system. The bulldozer operator working the fire limited the damage by cutting across the trails rather than driving on them, said Scott Koberg, the director of Ada County Parks & Waterways.

David Gordon, the manager of the Ridge to Rivers system, reviewed the trails Wednesday.

“Damage to trails was minimal,” Gordon wrote in an email. “The larger concern as we move forward (as always) is the potential for trail users to begin using the dozer lines as trails. They are wide, loose swaths of dirt that will erode easily without proper mitigation. Travel on them does not allow for necessary revegetation. We have fenced off some of the worst crossings. However, we don’t have staff or materials at this point to block all of them. I am contacting Department of Lands and BLM to see if they can assist us in this effort. BLM did so last year on the fire above Hulls Gulch and revegetation efforts were very successful.”

Fireworks, by the way, are prohibited in the Boise Foothills.

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