Every year, the partners of Ada Fire Adapted complete wildfire mitigation projects that reduce wildfire hazards that threaten citizens and their homes. Take a look at our highlighted projects for this past wildfire season!
2020-2021 Fuel Reduction Projects
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) awarded the City of Boise $240,000 to reduce hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) in 2020. The monies will be spent from the award date through November of 2022. The project contains four major elements to include:
- Hazardous fuels reduction at Stack Rock Reserve and select lower foothills reserves
- Homeowner Wildfire Risk Assessments
- Neighborhood Chipping Program
- Education and Outreach
These efforts will be undertaken to create a more fire resistant and resilient WUI); to reduce fire ignitions; improve public outreach; protect public and private property; protect and improve sagebrush steppe and forest habitat; and enhance forest health.
In 2020, baseline forest health at Stack Rock was assessed and fuels reduction treatments will begin in summer 2021. Stay tuned for additional information about these treatments as the project develops. The city also mowed 60 acres of open space reserves to reduce hazardous fuels in high-risk areas and started a new neighborhood chipping program.
Learn more about the neighborhood chipping program and other free fire mitigation assistance programs available to residents under the Homeowner tab at the top of the page.
Boise Heights Firewise Community
Protecting your home from wildfire takes more than just reducing wildfire hazards on your property. You must cross individual property boundaries and extend wildfire mitigation efforts throughout entire communities. Firewise USA has a network of over 1,400 Firewise sites throughout the nation that take responsibility for their wildfire hazards by preparing and protecting their homes using Firewise practices.
Ada County is currently home to seven nationally-recognized Firewise USA sites.
Congratulations to Boise Heights for becoming our most recent Firewise USA community! Boise Heights has witnessed many wildfires over the years, including the 1996 8th Street Fire, which burned over 16,000 acres and threatened hundreds of homes. Like many foothills neighborhoods, Boise Heights contains an abundance of flammable fuels. Decorative trees and shrubs including notoriously flammable Juniper and Arborvitae are dense within the neighborhood, and are capable of carrying wildfire from home to home. As Boise Heights gains and maintains Firewise status, it will work to reduce and replace these dangerous fuels by utilizing a roaming chipper to remove fuels, and through education regarding more fire-resistant, drought tolerant plants. These efforts will increase Boise Height's ability to withstand wildfire when it strikes.
Check out Firewise USA to learn how your neighborhood could benefit from this site recognition program.
The steps are easy to take. Ada Fire Adapted seeks to encourage communities to become Firewise USA sites, and will support your application process every step of the way. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to begin the process of making your community a Firewise USA site.