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Friday, August 11, 2017

High Fire Danger Increases Across Idaho


(Statewide) – Several large wildfires— the majority of them human-caused— are currently burning across the state. Hot and dry temperatures that are predicted to continue through August, along with an abundance of tall, thick grasses, have created extreme conditions for the wildfire community.

Due to these extreme conditions, multiple land management agencies have implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on their lands to help limit the potentially devastating effects of escaped campfires or randomly discarded cigarettes. The Bureau of Land Management is asking for your help to prevent additional wildfires.

“We are asking the public to be extremely vigilant when out recreating in these extreme conditions, and to take all safety precautions to keep from igniting a wildfire,” said BLM Idaho Associate State Director Peter Ditton.

Roadside starts are one of the major causes of wildfires in Idaho.  Before you depart, make sure vehicles and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blowout.  Sparks can be thrown from a vehicle or trailer that is not properly maintained, causing roadside fires without the driver’s knowledge.  Exhaust systems can reach up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, and pulling off the road and parking on dry grass can also ignite a wildfire.

Fire officials are urging Idahoans to enjoy their time outdoors and the many recreation opportunities our public lands offer, but also to be attentive and report wildfires or suspicious activity immediately. “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!” This can be done by contacting your local fire agency or by dialing 9-1-1.

Early reporting means fires can be extinguished when they are small, making the firefighters’ jobs easier. It takes everyone’s help to make sure that we “Keep Idaho Green.”
For the most current fire restrictions and wildfire information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com, call the Idaho Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-844-433-4737, and follow us on Twitter @BLMIdahoFire.