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Monday, August 12, 2019

Desert Ride Fire caused by Fireworks


For Immediate Release: August 12, 2018 6 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Desert Ride Fire caused by Fireworks
Final update unless significant activity occurs
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MENAN, Idaho – BLM fire investigators have determined that fireworks caused the August 11 Desert Ride Fire. The Desert Ride Fire has been mapped at 4,537 acres and is 70% contained. Firefighters will continue extinguishing hot spots and expect full containment August 13 at 10 p.m.  

“The Menan area experiences multiple human caused fires every year,” said Jeremy Casterson, Upper Snake Field Manager. “This fire is disappointing not only because all fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands, but because that area is highly susceptible to wildfire. Firefighters were able to suppress this quickly, but may not be so fortunate in the future. These fires affect ranchers, hunters and other public land users. ”

The 2019 Fire Prevention Order, prohibits specific fire-related activities on public land from May 10 to October 20. The Fire Prevention Order makes it illegal to possess or use fireworks on BLM-managed lands in Idaho.

Any person who knowingly and willfully performs any act restricted by the Fire Prevention Order could be subject to a fine and held responsible for fire suppression and/or rehabilitation cost.

To read the BLM Idaho 2018 Fire Prevention Order, or for the most recent information concerning wildfires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention and education, can be found on the interagency Idaho Fire Info webpage, http://www.idahofireinfo.com/.