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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Annual BLM Fire Prevention Order in Effect


Another fire season is approaching and BLM Idaho is asking for help preventing human-caused fires. BLM Idaho State Director Tim Murphy recently signed the 2016 Fire Prevention Order prohibiting specific fire-related activities on BLM public lands in Idaho from May 10 to October 20. 


“The goal of the annual fire prevention order  is to reduce the number of unnecessary wildfires.  The BLM appreciates your efforts to protect our public lands – one of our nation’s greatest treasures,” says Murphy.


Historically, less than half of wildfires in Idaho are caused by humans.  However, in 2015, almost 60% of BLM fires in Idaho were human-caused.  Those 84 fires burned over 31,000 acres.


The Bureau of Land Management's annual Fire Prevention Order becomes effective today and specifically prohibits the following on all public lands within the state:
  • Discharging, using, or possessing fireworks,
  • Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition, and
  • Burning, igniting, or causing to burn explosive materials, including exploding targets.