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The Boise National Forest in October plans to start prescribed burns in 13 areas totaling about 2,600 acres to reduce fire-fueling vegetation, improve wildlife habitat and minimize potential for wildfires near communities.

The burns will be on Boise National Forest land entirely, BNF spokeswoman Stephaney Kerley said. Burns are slated through November. Access to areas within or adjacent to burn operations may be restricted temporarily for public safety.

Prescribed fires can burn out understory vegetation and brush, benefiting larger remaining trees and even future timber operations by making the bigger trees more capable of competing for in-ground nutrients, and of fighting insects and disease.

Several project areas have been harvested in the past, including Westside, Rainbow Point and the Yellow Pine Blowdown in the Cascade Ranger District, said BNF Forest Fuels Planner Ryan Jones.

Weather and fire fuel conditions permitting, BNF planned fall prescribed burns include:

Alder Ridge (100 acres): One mile north of Placerville, Idaho.

Amber (300 acres): Two miles east of Idaho City, Idaho.

Buckskin (200 acres): About three miles east of Idaho City.

Little Ophir (100 acres): Four miles west of Pioneerville, Idaho.

Mores South-Granite Creek (250 acres): Three miles east of Idaho City.

Horsethief (360 acres): About one mile east-northeast of Horsethief Reservoir.

Westside Restoration Unit 39 (25 acres): On National Forest System Road 435 along West Mountain about 10 miles west of Cascade, Idaho.

Crawford (100 acres): About 4 miles east of Cascade, off NFS Road 22 adjacent to Crawford Guard Station and northeast of Davis reservoir.

Lower Johnson Thinning (95 acres): About seven miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.

Yellow Pine Blowdown (40 acres): About 62 miles from Cascade and adjacent to Yellow Pine.

Rainbow Point (19 acres): About 25 miles northwest of Cascade.

Cottonwood II Rx (1,000 acres): About 17 miles northeast of Boise along NFS roads 203 and 377 in Cottonwood Creek drainage north of Arrowrock Reservoir.

Administrative piles: 1 to 2 acres at Garden Valley work center. Burn piles left from earlier cleanup of center.

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