Wildfires
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Fri March 22, 2013

Spray Now To Reduce Highway Fires This Summer In Idaho

Wildfire along I-84 in July of last year.
Wildfire along I-84 in July of last year.
Credit Idaho Transportation Department

A new program to spray along Interstate 84 ahead of wildfire season is aimed at reducing fires and costs.

Last year, 16 fires started along I-84 between milepost 60 and 110.  Those fires burned more than 5,000 acres. The Bureau of Land Management spent more than $280,000 to fight them.  That doesn’t include what other agencies spent helping to put those fires out.

To get ahead of fire season, the Idaho Transportation Department is spraying weeds and grasses along the interstate.  The goal is to kill off vegetation up to eight feet away from the highway’s edge.  The Department says most fires start within two to three feet from the roadside. Oregon’s Transportation Department already sprays along highways in Eastern Oregon.

ITD will spray a 64-mile stretch of highway, from Glenns Ferry to Boise starting this spring.

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