- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials at the Boise National Forest hope to get ahead of the fire season by holding some prescribed burns before it gets too hot.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1LxCWUr ) that crews started the controlled burns in March and plan to continue through mid-June.

The Forest Service plans to burn about 450 acres just west of the Bogus Basin Ski Resort area and almost 1,000 acres in the Idaho City-Placerville-Pioneerville area.

They will also burn about 1,200 acres around Lowman, 2,000 acres in Rocky Canyon and nearly 1,000 acres in the Cascade area, according to a press release.

Burns will only go forward if the conditions are safe and crews will post signs near the areas prior to the burns.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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