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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fire managers to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for lands within south-central Idaho

News Release
DATE: September 8, 2017
CONTACT:  
Emily Callihan (IDL)- 208-334-0236
Kelsey Brizendine (BLM)- 208-732-7315
Julie Thomas (Forest)-208-737-3200

Fire managers to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for lands within south-central Idaho


                  SHOSHONE, Idaho- Cooling evening temperatures and higher overnight relative humidity have lowered the threat of wildfire, prompting state and federal land management agencies to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on lands within south-central Idaho effective Sept. 10 at midnight. This area includes federal, state and private forest, rangelands, roads and trails situated in Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties. These areas are located within zones and are described below:

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

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

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

Fire restrictions are still in effect for the following:

Sawtooth North Zone
All Sawtooth National Forest, Twin Falls District BLM, and Idaho State and private 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.

While the need for open burning restrictions has decreased in some areas, fire managers would like to remind the public that the accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating.  Be alert and be aware.  Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:
o   NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
o   Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
o   Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
o   Never use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds on or near public land.

Do your part to keep the Magic Valley safe from wildfire. One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire.
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 Twin Falls District BLM www.blm.gov/idaho or the Idaho Department of Lands for the latest information or visit www.idahofireinfo.com or Idaho Fire Info on Facebook.