After Public Gets Upset, Boise Remote Weather Station at Military Reserve Will Move 

click to enlarge Originally, the RAWS was set for construction in Military Reserve, but after Boise Foothills users complained about the security fence, the city found a new location. - BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Originally, the RAWS was set for construction in Military Reserve, but after Boise Foothills users complained about the security fence, the city found a new location.
The public doesn't want wildfires in the Boise Foothills, but they also don't seem to want equipment to help mitigate those fires, either.

The debate sparked after the city of Boise and several partners planned to install a new Remote Automatic Weather Station (RAWS) at the top of Elephant Rock Trail in the Military Reserve open space area. The weather station would be able to detect wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, fuel moisture and precipitation—and it would be the only one located in the Boise Front.

Boise Fire Department Capt. Jerry McAdams told Boise Weekly he was surprised there weren't any others nearby when the project moved forward in October 2014. 

"It's crucial for protecting firefighters and protecting homes," he said.

The controversy erupted when the city started building a 400-square-foot, earth-tone security fence to house the weather station in the foothills, and the public felt it infringed upon the natural scenery of Military Reserve. According to McAdams, the fence is needed because a RAWS station used to exist near Lucky Peak several years ago, but it was closed and removed after excessive vandalism.

During the Boise City Council's afternoon work session Tuesday, Aug. 25, a new option will be voted on: to allow the weather station to be built on private property in the Boise foothills instead. The property, owned by Claremont Realty, is south of the United Water tank just outside city limits, between Hulls Gulch and Military Reserve.

There are 2,500 RAWS nationwide—200 of which are around Idaho, but those closest to Boise are in Elmore and Owyhee counties.

The station costs $21,000 and is funded through a collaboration between the city of Boise, the National Fire Center Interagency, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Southwest Idaho Resource and Conservation Development Council, Boise State University's Department of Geosciences and Boise High School. 

McAdams said students from Boise State and Boise High School will help install and maintain the station, as well as study the data. It will also help fire agencies have a better idea of what personnel and equipment will need to be in place to protect the Boise Foothills and nearby residents from fire.

click to enlarge The new location for the RAWS could be between Military Reserve and Hulls Gulch. - GOOGLE EARTH
  • Google Earth
  • The new location for the RAWS could be between Military Reserve and Hulls Gulch.

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