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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Restrictions in Portions of Central Idaho


McCall, Idaho - With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette Dispatch Area Zones 3 & 4 beginning at 00:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2016.   Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.  These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).  Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.

Payette National Forest lands will NOT be going into fire restrictions at this time. 

Fire restrictions will be in effect within Zone 3 - Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zone, and Zone 4 - Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area.  

Fire, fuels and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restriction can be reduced or additional restrictions may be issued if conditions warrant.  The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their attention to fires in Idaho so far this season and ask for their help in preventing any future unwanted fire with drying fuels and hotter temperatures expected to continue into this fall. 

Though conditions do not warrant fire restrictions on Payette National Forest system lands, forest users should remain cognizant of the late summer dry and warm conditions, be sure campfires are always attended, and continue to be diligent in ensuring their campfire is completely out before leaving.

Stage I restrictions will be in effect in the following areas:  For a detailed map showing all Payette Fire Restriction Area zones, please visit: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html)

·         Zone 3: Long Valley/Meadows Valley: All BLM, state, and private lands located within Meadows Valley and the northern portions of Long Valley. Beginning at Highway 55, T16N, R3E, Section 23 SW corner, the southern boundary runs from this point west to the Payette
National Forest boundary. It then follows the forest boundary northwest and the north to the Forest Service Road 074. The boundary then follows the road east to Highway 95, then continues east to the Payette National Forest boundary. The boundary line turns south and continues to follow the forest boundary south and east to the Payette-Boise National Forest boundary. Here the line turns west and travels to its junction with Highway 55.

·         Zone 4: Little Salmon   All state, private and BLM managed land (except that located within NFS boundaries) south of the main Salmon river to Smokey Boulder road

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands, roads and trails:
·         Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent owner-provided structure.
·         Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
·         Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
·         Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
·         Persons using metal fire pans (sides must be 3 inches high with a metal grate on top) within ¼ mile of the Main Salmon River.  Pack-out of ashes is required.
·         Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
·         Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
·         All land within a city boundary is exempt.
·         Other exemptions unique to each agency.
With the volume of wildfires burning throughout central Idaho, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors.  Idahoans are also reminded that the use of fireworks are prohibited on forest and range lands in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20).

Please visit http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.