January 2024: The Pocatello Fire Department will conduct prescribed pile-burning operations at multiple sites in early January on the East Bench Area around Summit Drive, Granite Drive, and McCaleb Drive.
Burning will take place during winter when weather conditions are favorable and should take a few days to conduct. Smoke and flames will be visible during the prescribed fire operations and piles may continue to smolder in the days following this operation.
The objective is to reduce hazardous fuels in and around the wildland-urban interface area. Prescribed burning is the final phase of treatment for fuels reduction on the East Bench as part of the Western States Fire Managers Grant the City received.
Burning will be conducted under specific guidelines and plans. This includes having acceptable weather and fuel conditions to meet the objectives for safe and effective burning and adequate smoke dispersal. Since the weather is ever-changing, specific dates are not available at this time. Periodic updates can be found on the Pocatello Fire Department’s Facebook page. Fire personnel will be onsite during all active fire-burning operations.
Please do not call 911 to report smoke in the area during these burning operations. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in this area as intermittent periods of heavy smoke may cause lower visibility and alternate routes should be considered. If you suffer from any respiratory conditions aggravated by smoke, you may consider avoiding being in the area during this time.
If you have questions please contact Assistant Chief Nick Christensen at 208-234-6204 or Hannah Sanger at 208-234-6518.