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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burns

 




News Release

DATE: October 12, 2021

CONTACT: Jared Jablonski  jjablonski@blm.gov  208-384-3210



Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burns


BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting two prescribed burns this fall as part of an effort to reduce wildfire threat by removing hazardous fuels. Burns will occur in both Elmore and Valley counties with timing dependent on weather and ground conditions.


Martha Avenue Prescribed Burn – Located about eight miles north of Mountain Home, this burn will occur between Oct. 20 and Nov 20. The burn will remove 25 acres of Russian thistle that has grown within the Paradigm Fuel Break Project, a network of roadside buffer zones in which highly flammable vegetation has been reduced or removed to prevent fire starts and spread.

Round Ridge Pile Prescribed Burn –– Located about six miles east of Smiths Ferry, this burn will occur between Oct. 15 and Dec. 30 and will involve burning 30 large piles of logging slash, spread over 250 acres, that accrued from a 2020 timber harvest.  Burning these piles under cooler, moist conditions will eliminate what might otherwise be a hazardous fuel source during a wildfire.

Before starting any burn, fire managers will wait for adequate moisture levels in the project area to minimize unintended fire spread. Once initiated, prescribed burning operations are expected to last up to three days, with personnel and equipment patrolling areas up to five days afterwards. Smoke from these prescribed burns has the potential to be visible from large distances due to the projects’ locations, fuel types and burning conditions.

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378.





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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions rescinded for southwest Idaho

 


News Release

DATE: September 15, 2021

CONTACT: 

Sharla Arledge (IDL)- 208-334-0286  

Fire Information (BLM)- 208-384-3378 

Venetia Gempler (USFS)- 208-373-4105 


 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions rescinded for southwest Idaho    

   

Boise, Idaho --Effective Friday, Sept. 17 at 12:01 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation and Idaho Department of Lands will remove Stage One Fire Restrictions for federal, state, state endowment, private forestland and rangelands in the following Fire Restriction Zones:  

   

Owyhee Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone   

All of Owyhee County west of the Bruneau Canyon. 

   

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone   

All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington Counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Rd (FS134) to Hwy 20, east on Hwy 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to I-84. 

   

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone   

Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County and Boise County. Boise National Forest lands within Valley County. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects Idaho State highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise front foothills and extending North encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen reservoir and State and Endowment Lands in the High Valley Area (Valley County). The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands excluding those within the Frank Church Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.   

  

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. However, 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:  

  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended.  
  • Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times.  
  • Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it.  
  • Never use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds on or near public land.   

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using or possessing fireworks, discharging a firearm using incendiary, steel core or tracer ammunition, or burning, igniting or causing to burn explosive material, including exploding targets.   

  

Together for Idaho, we can keep south-central Idaho safe from wildfires. For more information on wildfire prevention, up-to-date fire information and resources on becoming Firewise, visit: www.idahofireinfo.com.





Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions rescinded for south central Idaho

 

News Release

DATE: August 30, 2021

CONTACT:

Sharla Arledge (IDL)- 208-334-0286

Fire Information (BLM)- 208-308-5991

 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions rescinded for south central Idaho

This announcement applies to Bureau of Land Management  Bureau of Reclamation  and Idaho Department of Lands; Forest Service will announce restrictions changes for the Sawtooth National Forest

 

TWIN FALLS, Idaho --Effective Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management  Twin Falls District, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and Idaho Department of Lands will remove the Stage One Fire Restrictions for federal lands managed by BLM, state and private forest and rangelands, roads, and trails, situated in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Owyhee, and Twin Falls counties.

 

This rescission applies to public lands managed by the Twin Falls District BLM, including BOR lands managed by BLM under an agreement and Idaho Department of Lands, including state and private forest and rangelands located within the following zones:

 

Sawtooth North Zone- 

All 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 Monument Park Visitor Center. Sawtooth National Forest Lands remain in Stage 1 restrictions in this zone. 

 

Shoshone Zone- 

All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands north of I-84 to Highway 20; from King Hill east to American Falls Dam. 

 

Three Creek Zone- 

All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands south of I-84 to the Idaho/Nevada border including lands managed by the Twin Falls District BLM south of the Idaho border; west of Highway 93 to the Bruneau Canyon.  

 

Cassia Zone- 

All Twin Falls District BLM and Idaho State lands from I-84/I-86 south to the Idaho/Utah/Nevada border; east of Highway 93 to the Cassia County/Oneida County line. Sawtooth National Forest Lands remain in Stage 1 restrictions in this zone including the Raft River Mountains located in northwestern Utah. 

 

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. However, 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 campfire 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.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using or possessing fireworks, discharging a firearm using incendiary, steel core or tracer ammunition, or burning, igniting or causing to burn explosive material, including exploding targets. 

 

Together for Idaho, we can keep  south-central Idaho safe from wildfires. For more information on wildfire prevention, up-to-date fire information and resources on becoming Firewise, visit: www.idahofireinfo.com.

 

 

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Fire Restrictions Lifting in East Idaho

 

 



 

                                                         

News Release

 

DATE: August 26, 2021

CONTACT:

Sarah Wheeler (CTNF) - 208-497-8553

Chris Burger (IFD BLM) – 208-521-8709

Sharla Arledge (IDL) – 208-334-0286

 

 

Stage One Fire Restrictions lifting

Website: www.idahofireinfo.com

 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District, Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (NF) are lifting Stage One Fire Restrictions effective Friday, August 27 at 12:01 a.m. 

 

“The recent rainy weather which brought over an inch of precipitation to the region has moderated the adverse fire conditions we were experiencing in eastern Idaho. After careful consideration of the fire restriction guidelines fire managers have decided to rescind the current stage 1 fire restrictions” said Martell Gibbons Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Caribou/Targhee National Forest. “This doesn’t mean we are out of the woods regarding the potential for wildfires occurring. There are still a couple of months of recreation ahead of us and fire managers ask everybody to be diligent in preventing wildfires and extinguishing their campfires.” 

 

Stage One Fire Restrictions will be lifted on all lands managed by the BLM Idaho Falls District, Idaho Department of Lands including state endowment lands, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Caribou-Targhee National Forest and privately owned forested lands in Bannock, Bonneville, Bingham, Bear Lake, Butte, Cassia, Custer, Clark, Caribou, Fremont, Franklin, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Power, Teton Counties and a portion of Blaine and Oneida Counties. Restrictions for the Caribou-Targhee NF include all CTNF-managed lands in Lemhi County, Idaho, and Teton and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming, and Box Elder County, Utah.

 

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Fire managers are reminding people that eastern Idaho is currently in moderate fire danger but will be trending back to high fire danger with the return of warm and dry weather, and to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbecue grills and stoves.

 

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using or possessing fireworks, discharging a firearm using incendiary, steel core or tracer ammunition, or burning, igniting or causing to burn explosive material, including exploding targets. Fireworks and exploding targets are always prohibited on National Forest lands.

 

Contact your local fire department for any fire restrictions on private or county-managed lands. For additional information on Stage One Fire Restrictions, please visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html or call the Idaho Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1.844.433.4737.