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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eastern Idaho Moves to High Fire Danger


Idaho Falls, ID – Thousands of Idahoans are expected to take advantage of the extended Fourth of July weekend to hit the road.  Whether you are traveling on the highways or back roads, keep fire prevention in mind as you go. 

There is an abundance of grass across eastern Idaho thanks to the cool, wet spring.  And following two weeks of hot, dry conditions, the fuels are drying out quickly.  The Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has moved into High Fire Danger.  And while the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is still in Moderate Fire Danger, it is important to practice the same care with fire while on the Forest lands.

Both the BLM and Forest Service are reminding everyone that fireworks are prohibited on lands managed by both agencies across the state.  Additionally, many counties have now instituted open burn bans due to the conditions.  Check for restrictions in your area before burning or lighting fireworks. 

Ask yourself these questions as you travel, recreate, and celebrate this holiday weekend:



On the road:

  • Are your tires properly inflated?
  • When was the last time you greased your wheel bearings?
  • Are your trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement?
  • Are you driving or parking in tall, dry grasses? 



At home:

  • Have you mowed the tall, annual grasses around your home before they cure out?
  • Is your lawn green and maintained or dry and brown?
  • Is your home Firewise?  [Visit www.IdahoFirewise.com to find out!]



At the campground:

  • Are you building your campfire in a ring and away from flammable materials?
  • Do you have a shovel, bucket, and water nearby? 
  • Is your campfire completely out?  If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.


Follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search #BLMIFDFire for updates on fire conditions in eastern Idaho.