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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions ordered for south central Idaho

DATE: August 7, 2017
CONTACT:    Sharla Arledge (IDL)- 208-334-0286
                   Kelsey Brizendine (BLM)- 208-732-7315
                   Julie Thomas (Forest)-208-737-3200

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions ordered for south central Idaho

SHOSHONE, ID- As the threat of wildfire danger continues to increase, state and federal land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on lands within south central Idaho effective August 14, 2017 at midnight. Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.
Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in place on federal, state and private forest- and rangelands, roads, and trails, situated in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, and Twin Falls counties – with the exception of forest service lands in Cassia and Twin Falls counties.

These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection, which include the Sawtooth National Forest, Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).  These restrictions are separated into Zones and described as follows:

Sawtooth North
All Sawtooth National Forest, Twin Falls District BLM, and Idaho State lands north of Highway 20 to the northern most Sawtooth National Forest boundary.  From Hill City east to the Craters of the Moon National Park Visitor Center.

 Shoshone 
All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands north of I-84 to Highway 20. From King Hill east to Massacre Rocks State Park.

 Three Creek
 All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands from I-84 south to Idaho/Nevada border. West of Highway 93 to the Bruneau Canyon

 Cassia
All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands from I-84/I-86 south to Idaho/Utah/Nevada border. East of Highway 93 to the Cassia County/Oneida County line.  

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:
·         Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site and in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on private land, and only within an 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 liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.  Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
·         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 exempted.
·         Other exemptions unique to each agency.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as prevent dangerous and damaging wildfires. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please check with the Sawtooth Ranger District offices https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth, the BLM Twin Falls District BLM www.blm.gov/idaho or the Idaho Department of Lands for the latest information or visit www.idahofireinfo.com.      

Order Number 0414-00-024
Exhibit A - Designated Areas: campfires are allowed in approved fire structures in the following areas on the Sawtooth National Forest.


SAWTOOTH NRA
Highway 21 & Stanley Lake Area
Grandjean CG Trap Creek CG Sheep Trail CG Elk Creek CG
Stanley Lake Inlet CG Lakeview CG
Stanley Lake CG Iron Creek CG

Salmon River Corridor Salmon River CG Riverside CG
Casino Creek CG Mormon Bend CG Upper O'Brien CG Lower O'Brien CG Whiskey Flats CG Holman Creek CG

Pettit Lake Area
Pettit Lake CG

Alturas Lake Area
Alturas  Picnic Area
Smokey Bear CG and Boat Launch North Shore CG
Alturas  Lake Inlet CG
Alturas Lake Inlet Beach & Day Use Area Chemeketan CG
Alturas Tent Area

Wood  River Valley
Easley CG Wood  River CG
Wood River Picnic Area No1th Fork CG
Murdock CG Caribou CG



Redfish Lake Area
Sunny Gulch CG
Sunny Gulch Day Use Area Chinook Bay CG
Mountain  View CG No1th Shore Picnic Area Glacier  View CG
Outlet Beach & Day Use Area
Outlet CG
Mount Heyburn CG Sockeye CG
Sandy Beach Boat Launch & Day Use Area
Point CG

FAIRFIELD RANGER DISTRICT
Pioneer CG Five Points CG Canyon CG Bowns CG
Willow Creek CG Bird Creek CG Chaparral CG Abbot CG
Willow Creek Transfer Camp Bear Creek Transfer Camp Kelley Creek Flats Camping Area

KETCHUM  RANGER DISTRICT
Boundary CG



Campfires are prohibited in the SNRA, Fairfield RD and Ketchum RD on the Sawtooth National Forest except as othenvise noted in this closure order.