About Hidden Springs, Idaho
Hidden Springs, Idaho is well-known for its history of farming. In fact, one of the oldest farmsteads in Idaho (that remains intact) is the Schick Ostolasa Farmstead located here along Dry Creek. The land was settled by Phillip L Schick in 1860 where he eventually built a “farmhouse, detached kitchen, wellhouse, a root cellar, wood shed, saddle shed, granary and horse barn.”
Today, Hidden Springs has developed into a closely-knit community for those who desire to live in a natural environment that offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and a community farm yet is still close to the metro area of Boise. Over the years, Hidden Springs has successfully maintained a small town feel with a priority on community and family. 2,200+ residents call the master plan community home. The geography of Hidden Springs is breathtaking with its flawless grassy fields and farmland.
While farming is what started and perpetuated the habitability of Hidden Springs Idaho, there is another less than favorable history the people of Hidden Springs painfully remember as the era that devastated their part of the world. This history is concerning the horrific fire damage incurred by the people and properties here. In just the most recent years, there have been numerous fires with devastating consequences. These fires occur as wildfires. Hidden Springs is in a "hot zone" for wildfires; therefore, it is unavoidable that fires will happen, and the residents here are constantly aware and alert to the threat, especially with the areas of open space and tall grasses. They work diligently to follow homeowner checklists, plant firewise landscape, raise awareness to reduce risk, and stay alert during seasons of high fire danger.
The following statement was made in regards to the problem and how the locals deal with the constant threat of possible wildfires: "Communities whose residents work together have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire. Working with your neighbors creates greater protection, since the more homes within a community that adopt firewise practices, the more effective the impact on reducing the threat of fire."