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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Please, don't fly your drone near a wildfire!

You see smoke, maybe flames, firefighters, fire engines and aircraft. Your curiosity is activated. You have a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), commonly known as a drone. You want a better look at what is going on over there. Please DO NOT launch your drone to investigate. This could be fatal, you could end up killing someone and it is against the law. Per the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 43 CFR 9212.1(f), it is illegal to resist or interfere with the efforts of firefighter(s) to extinguish a fire. Doing so can result in a significant fine of over $20,000 and potential criminal prosecution. Be smart and don't fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire. No amount of video or photos are worth the consequences.
Drones interfere, endangering people involved with wildland fire aircraft operations such as air tankers, helicopters and other firefighting aircraft necessary to suppress wildland fires. These aircraft maintain close radio communications with each other while in the air. Aerial firefighting missions including aerial supervision, air tanker retardant drops, helicopter water drops, rappel operations and smokejumper para-cargo missions occur between ground level and 200 feet above ground level. The same altitude many hobbyist drones fly and our aircraft cannot communicate with the hobby flier. Often a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is put in place around wildfires to protect firefighting aircraft.  No one other than the agencies involved in the firefighting effort can fly any manned or unmanned aircraft in such a TFR.
Last year, 2018, the National Interagency Fire Center Reported 28 UAS incursions during active wildland fires. In almost every instance, aviation operations were affected. When a drone is spotted, aircraft immediately cease firefighting operations and land for safety. Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with aircraft.
Firefighters working on the ground who rely on these aircrafts are left without help from above jeopardizing their safety. When aircraft are grounded due to an intrusion everyone in the path of the fire is endangered. Firefighters or others could be injured or a fatal accident could occur. This prolongs firefighting operations and often wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly.
Every time aircraft are grounded during a UAS interference, it compounds the cost of fire expenses and adds costs taxpayers have to endure every time fire managers are forced to stop the operation. Halting firefighting actions can increase firefighting costs quickly by paying for aircraft that can't be used, increasing risk and damage to infrastructure and increasing the size of the fire, just to name a few.
For more information on Forest Service Policy and Hobby or Recreational Use of UAS on National Forest System Lands visit:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Twin Falls District BLM Annual Wildland Fire Preparedness Drill Day 🔥

More than 80 returning and new firefighters practiced different scenarios to prepare for fire season. The scenarios included a hose lay, search and rescue, fire shelter deployment and a medical emergency.
These drills are designed to prepare new firefighters for what they might encounter during the season as well as refresh returning firefighters. The drills provide them with the practice they need to do their job safely and effectively. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fire Weather Awareness Week - What is a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch?

@BLMIdahoFire and @NIFCfire work together to provide an answer to that question and a preseason outlook on the predicted #fireweather for the upcoming #fireseason. Lets all be #FireWeatherAware this summer!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Media Advisory
Twin Falls District, Idaho
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact: Kelsey Brizendine, (208) 732-7315
June 5, 2019

BLM fire preparedness training exercise
SHOSHONE, Idaho –The Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fire Management program is conducting wildland fire preparedness drills at Devils Corral, north of Twin Falls.  The purpose of these drills is to prepare fire crews for the upcoming fire season. Members of the media are invited to attend the field exercise Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m.

For more information or if you are interested in attending the exercise, please contact Kelsey Brizendine at 208-732-7315.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

BLM Idaho annual Fire Prevention Order goes into effect May 10

Shoot Responsibly – Idaho!

Statewide, Idaho –Another fire season is approaching and BLM Idaho is asking for your help to prevent human-caused fires. BLM Idaho State Director John Ruhs recently signed the 2019 Fire Prevention Order, which prohibits specific fire-related activities on public land from May 10 to Oct. 20. The Fire Prevention Order makes it illegal to burn explosive materials or use fireworks, exploding targets, or tracer ammunition on BLM-managed lands in Idaho.

“The goal of the annual fire prevention order is to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires,” said Ruhs, “The BLM appreciates your efforts to protect our public lands, one of our nation’s greatest treasures.”

Any person who knowingly and willfully performs any act restricted by the Fire Prevention Order could be subject to a fine and held responsible for fire suppression and/or rehabilitation costs.

In 2018, shooting-related fires were approximately 60% of the BLM’s human-caused wildfires.  These fires were related to ammunition, exploding targets and even shooting at steel-type targets.  The Sharps Fire outside Bellevue, Idaho, is one example of an exploding target fire that damaged acres of public and forested-lands.

Additionally, the BLM is promoting a fire education campaign that encourages the public to take proactive measures when target shooting. The campaign “Shoot Responsibly – Idaho” aims to remind everyone of the simple steps to remember when target shooting.  For instance, avoid shooting on hot, dry and windy days and shooting into rocks or metal/steel objects. Place targets in areas free of vegetation. Taking these simple measures can lessen the chances of causing a wildfire.

To read the BLM Idaho 2019 Fire Prevention Order, or for the most recent information concerning wildfires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention and education, please visit the interagency Idaho Fire Info webpage,

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fire safety burn permits required starting May 10

(BOISE) – Starting May 10, Idahoans must obtain a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities.  The permits can be obtained online at or in person at IDL offices statewide.  The burn permit is free of charge and good for 10 days after it is issued. Permits issued through the self- service web site are available seven days a week, issued immediately, and valid immediately.

Idaho law (38-115) requires any person living outside city limits anywhere in Idaho who plans to burn anything - including crop residue burning and excluding recreational campfires - during closed fire season to obtain a fire safety burn permit. Closed fire season begins May 10 and extends through October 20 every year.

Residents also are encouraged to contact their local city or rural fire department before burning because some incorporated cities and towns may require their own burn permit. IDL will not issue burn permits within districts where local burn bans are in effect. Additionally, residents should contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for burn restriction information for air quality by calling (800) 633-6247 or visiting

If there are other burning restrictions in effect or additional or alternate permits required, the burn permit web site will provide instructions for Idahoans on how to contact those entities.
The burn permit system helps inform fire managers where burning activities are occurring, reducing the number of false runs to fires and saving firefighting resources for instances in which they are truly needed. It also enables fire managers to respond more quickly to fires that escape, potentially reducing the liability of the burner if their fire escapes.

Contact information for IDL offices where fire safety burn permits can be obtained in person is available at

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

WFAM Prevention Tip of the Day - The Risk of Wildfire is Real

The risk of wildfire is real, and evacuation planning is one of the most important steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency situation. Create a Wildfire Action Plan for Your Home. Learn more at