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Rain, cool weather prompts officials to lift fire restrictions in Idaho’s west central mountains

Rain, cool weather prompts officials to lift fire restrictions in Idaho’s west central mountains

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 14, 2014

Frequent thunderstorms and rain showers, cooler weather, and lower wildfire dangers have prompted state and federal wildfire officials to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the west central Idaho mountains effective Friday, August 15 at noon.

Restrictions remain in place for the Treasure Valley and Owyhee Mountains.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on lands managed by the Boise and Payette National Forests; Bureau of Land Management Field Offices as well as state and private lands within the following areas:

• All of Boise and Adams County
• Those portions of Washington County within the Payette National Forest
• Those portions of Idaho County that are south of the Salmon River (east of Riggins), east of Highway 95 (south of Riggins) and are not federal lands designated as wilderness
• The portion of Blaine and Camas Counties that lie north of State Highway 20
• The portion of Elmore County that lies north of Interstate 84
• The portion of southwestern Custer County bound to the north and east by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
• All of Valley County except those federal lands designated as wilderness

For a detailed map, you can visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.blm.gov/southwest/firerestrictions.htm

“Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, or use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites,” said Boise National Forest spokesman Dave Olson. “Fire managers remind people to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves,” he added.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within the state of Idaho. This order prohibits: discharging, using, possessing fireworks; discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material (including exploding targets) that may cause a fire.

More information is available at Forest, BLM and Idaho Department of Lands offices.

You can check out the current fire restrictions throughout the state at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html.