It Happened Once Summer

It Happened Once Summer (HM28RP)

Location: Lowman, ID 83637 Boise County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 1.524', W 115° 37.23'

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(Three panels make up this marker:) In the summer of 1989, the Lowman Fire burned the area north and east of here. The fire consumed 72 square miles of forest, and area larger than the Boise metropolitan area. In addition, 26 structures in the community of Lowman were destroyed. More than 2,300 firefighters from state and federal agencies worked around the clock for almost a month to stop the fire.
You've just entered an area where firefighters battled 100 foot flames and where fire temperatures reached as high as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the next 22 miles you will drive through the Lowman Fire of 1989. Along the way, notice how the land is recovering. The route has 7 more pullouts complete with views and interpretive signs that explain the dramatic events and consequences.

The Lowman Fire of 1989

(Map of the burned area)

Natural Cycles and Unnatural Conditions

The Lowman Fire burned from July 26 until August 30, 1989. It took years to set the stage for this extraordinary event. Mild lightning-caused fires occur every year in this area severe fires occurring every 13-16 years. During the last 100 years, this natural cycle has been altered by humans putting out fires. As a result, unnaturally abundant fuels built

up in the Lowman area. While fuel levels are high annual precipitation levels were low, Normal summer rains were replaced by dry lightning storms which, in July of 1989, started 157 fires (36 in just one day!) in the Boise National Forest.
Salvaging a Resource
Following the fire, dead trees were removed from this area to discourage a concentrated insect invasion in the remaining injured and weakened trees. These trees provided 125 million board feet of lumber for the local timber-based economy.
HM NumberHM28RP
Placed ByU.S. Forest Service, Boise National Forest
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 610553 N 4875618
Decimal Degrees44.02540000, -115.62050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 1.524', W 115° 37.23'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 1' 31.44" N, 115° 37' 13.8" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near ID-21, Lowman ID 83637, US
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