Fire managers urge public's attention to prevention

NEAR LUCKY PEAK, Idaho (KBOI) -- Kathleen McCormick's dedication to fire-wise landscaping saved her home near Lucky Peak from possible destruction when wildfire threatened last summer.

"I mowed everything around the structures," she said, "so I didn't have any structures that were in danger."

And wildfire agencies are urging the public to clear yards and fields of dry weeds or grass -- anything that can fuel a fire.

"We're expecting fIre season to pick up in the next couple of weeks," said Ed Delgado with the National Interagency Fire Center.

Active large fires are already burning in Utah, Wyoming, Oregon and Arizona and who's to say Idaho won't be next?

One place of big concern of course is the Boise foothills, where there's an abundance of grass that hasn't been seen in years.

"It's getting hotter and drier. It's fire season," said Andy Delmas with the Bureau of Land Management. "If you look at the Boise foothills, we have a lot of grass out there. And it's ready to burn."

The BLM'S Boise District has two new fire engines to help battle blazes, but the public's attention to fire prevention is critical as we move toward summer.

And in the Treasure Valley, people are the number one cause of wildfire.