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CENTRAL IDAHO FIRE RESTRICTIONS AREA IMPLEMENTS STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS






Contact:  Amy Baumer (Public Affairs Officer)                                              208-756-5145
Sharla Arledge, Idaho Department of Lands, Public Information Officer     208-334-0286 or pio@idl.idaho.gov

August 07, 2017

CENTRAL IDAHO FIRE RESTRICTIONS AREA IMPLEMENTS STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Salmon, Idaho:  Interagency fire management officials in east-central Idaho will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at one minute after midnight (12:01 AM) on August 14, 2017.  The Central Idaho Fire Restrictions Area encompasses all Forest Service (outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness) within the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)–Salmon and Challis Field Offices, along with State Lands and privately owned forested lands within the Central Idaho Dispatch Zone. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking.  Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

1.       Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the agency.
2.       Smoking outside and enclosed vehicle or building.

Exceptions to the above Stage 1 prohibitions include the following:

1.       Persons with a special use authorization, other Forest Service authorization, or a written permit specifically exempting them from the effect of the order
2.       Persons using a stove or grill that is fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels
3.       Persons using a stove fire (defined in the order)
4.       Persons using metal fire pans within ¼ mile of the of the south side of the Main Salmon River
5.       Persons smoking while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials
6.       Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty

Under these restrictions, campfires are allowed only in recreation sites within metal/concrete fire pits. 
The restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant change in fire danger.

Fire danger across east-central Idaho is HIGH to VERY HIGH.  Rangelands and forested lands at all elevations are dry.  Fire management officials are hopeful that by initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions, there will be fewer person-caused wildland fires. 

For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us or www.idahofireinfo.com/search/label/CentralIdahoDispatch.  

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