Crews prepare for Idaho wildfire season with controlled burns

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 12:54 PM

COEUR D’ALENE-- Thursday marks the first full week of wild-fire season in Idaho this year. So far there's been no major fires reported in our area, and local fire-fighters are working to keep it that way in the blue alder region near Coeur d’Alene.

Wildfire season has officially started across north Idaho, and in the panhandle national forest, fire crews are doing there best to prevent any future disasters

Crews are burning off dead trees and brush so potential fires have less to run off of.

Officials say the end goal is to reduce fuels to prevent wildfire intensity during fire season and improve forest health.

This controlled burn is one of the first of the year.

Crews will do their preventative burning for about 5 more days then stop for the season.  They'll resume operations in September
 

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