Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

Wildfire Preparedness Days - May 3rd & May 4th

Wildland fires can happen anywhere at any time during fire-season.  Be prepared!
There are a number of risk factors for homes in the wildland urban interface (or WUI).  The WUI refers to the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. Communities that are within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of the zone may also be included. The lands and communities adjacent to and surrounded by wildlands are at increased risk of wildfires.  Wildfire doesn’t have to burn everything in its path.  In fact, cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are important steps to help minimize devastating damage and loss.  
The HSTA, Open Space and Firewise Committee will again be hosting a fire fuel’s reduction project and new this year, fire hydrant painting in Hidden Springs for this year’s Firewise/Wildfire Preparedness Project to meet Firewise recertification requirements. 
Fire Fuel Reduction
You can refer to the checklist in the “Reducing Wildfire Risks in the Home Ignition Zone” poster available in the Town Office, or download a single page check list at  Call or email the Town Office (208-229-2323 or email by May 1st to register for the event and then, get to work! On Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th residents who registered will benefit from complimentary curbside pick-up of debris. 
  • Rake and remove pine needles and dry leaves within a minimum of 3 to 5 feet of a home’s foundation
  • Use hand pruners and loppers on mature trees to remove low-hanging branches up to a height of 6 feet for deciduous and 4 feet for evergreen, remove water sprouts, suckers and dead or broken limbs.
  • Collect downed tree limbs and broken branches
 Materials must be separated and placed curbside for pick up by 9:00 am on Friday May 3rd. Please use large brown leaf bags.
  • Bagged leaves will go to the community farm for mulch
  • Bagged organic debris will go to landfill
  • Stacked limbs and branches - no larger than 5” in diameter will be hauled to the community farm for chipping
Fire Hydrant Painting
Did you know Hidden Springs has 128 fire hydrants?  Many of the hydrants in the community are in need of a fresh coat of paint! Resident Andrew Smith is coordinating this effort as an Eagle Scout Service Project and is in search of volunteers to paint one or two hydrants on Saturday May 4th.   Put on your favorite painting clothes and head to the Village Green Saturday May 4th at 10:00 am for a brief, step by step, “How to” demonstration followed by distribution of paint and supplies. 
Visit Sign Up Genius to volunteer! Specific hydrants will be assigned to volunteers the day of the event.  
Every resident who participates in the Wildfire Preparedness Day Events and helps Hidden Springs reduce our risk from wildfire and meet the Firewise USA program requirements for 2020 certification, will be entered in a drawing to win a $300.00 Home Depot gift card! The work we do today can make a difference and reduce our community’s wildfire risk tomorrow!