Boise Fire Department

Since the Oregon Trail Fire of 2008, the Boise Fire Department has done a lot to mitigate wildfires.

  • The City of Boise now has a dedicated interdepartmental wildfire mitigation team.
  • We have a set of building and fire prevention codes specific to the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
  • We have brought in stakeholders and built numerous partnerships in this arena.
  • We have sought and obtained funding for various fuel treatments, and have carried out those projects with the help of our partner organizations.
  • We have increased the number of Firewise Communities in Boise from two to six.
  • We have presented at numerous homeowners’ association meetings alongside our partner organizations.
  • We have signed a multi-agency wildfire mitigation MOU with Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Ada County and the City of Eagle.
  • We are now one of eighteen hub organizations that are part of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, a group of communities tied together to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Many neighborhoods and individual homeowners have bought into the Firewise principles and have cleared hazardous vegetation from their properties, and made other efforts to reduce their risk from wildfire.

Collectively we have accomplished much in a short time, but we still have a long way to go. Homeowners are the first line of defense. The perceptions and attitudes of homeowners that live in these beautiful WUI areas are vital to the safety of our neighborhoods.

Do we have a problem with hazardous fuels? You bet we do! Our fuel model in the open spaces around homes depicts relatively light fuels. However, when you get into the built environment (the homes and neighborhoods directly adjacent to these natural open spaces) the fuel model changes drastically. All of the Arborvitae, Juniper and other hazardous, flammable vegetation directly around homes in the WUI is of great concern; these fuels burn with such ferocity because of the resins and oils in these plants. Homes, themselves, are a large fuel source as well. One ember landing in these types of fuels, under the right wind conditions, can cause devastation for an entire neighborhood.

Apathy really deters homeowners from protecting themselves. We need your help to recognize the need and to make your community safer from the devastating effects of wildfire. Please strongly consider taking measures around your home to protect yourselves, your property and your neighborhood. There are many simple things you can do around your home to lessen your risk. There is an abundance of information and hazard reduction tips on the following websites:

A special thank you to our partner organizations, such as the Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation & Development Council, and to other organizations and individuals who have already stepped up to make a difference in our great City of Boise. Keep up the good work!

Contact Boise Fire Department

Wildfire Mitigation
City Hall West
333 N. Mark Stall Place
Boise, Idaho  83704
Phone: (208) 570-6500
Fax: (208) 570-6586


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Ada County, Idaho

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