The City of Twin Falls will conduct controlled burns at sediment settling ponds in the Snake River Canyon and along the Canyon Rim Trail beginning Tuesday, March 16. City crews will begin burning dead and overgrown vegetation at Auger Falls Wetland Preserve and the sediment settling ponds near Meadow Ridge Circle and the Canyon Rim Trail.
During the controlled burn, residents may see smoke coming from the Snake River Canyon and from northeast Twin Falls. The Twin Falls Fire Department is aware of the controlled burn and will ensure the fire remains within its confined area. The controlled burn is expected to be completed by the end of the day — weather permitting.
The controlled burns are conducted annually by the City of Twin Falls to control vegetation growth, which can quickly overwhelm wetlands and sediment settling ponds. Sediment ponds allow sediment and organic material to settle to the bottom before the water flows into the river. The process helps reduce the City of Twin Falls’ impact on the Snake River water quality.
Questions about the controlled burns may be directed to Jason Brown, City of Twin Falls’ Environmental Engineer, at 208-735-7272.