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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Visitors are reminded: fireworks are not allowed on the Boise National Forest

        BOISE, Idaho, June 28, 2017 -- Boise National Forest land managers are reminding visitors and campers             that all fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on National Forests lands regardless of              weather conditions or holidays. The forest hosts large numbers of visitors over the Fourth of July weekend         and this increased activity could lead to human caused fires.
        Recent lightning storms moved across the forest and fire officials are monitoring for new starts. With the           warmer weather and changing conditions, finer fuels like grasses are beginning to dry out and the                       potential for wildfires is escalating.
        Forest visitors should take precautions to ensure they do   not accidentally start a wildfire.
·          Be especially careful when towing trailers or boats as    dragging safety chains can cause sparks
  and ignite roadside vegetation.
·        When building campfires, use designated campfire    rings or look for a place at least 15 feet from trees,      shrubs, tents or other flammable objects; be aware of  low hanging branches.
·       Don't leave campfires unattended and make sure they  are dead out when you leave.
·       All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles, should  have properly installed and maintained spark-arresters.
·        Exploding targets and tracer or incendiary bullets are prohibited on National Forest lands.
So  me National Forest System roads and trails may still be impassible or closed due to damage from recent spr ing runoff. For all forest closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.