Stage 1 Fire Restrictions July 16, 2021

Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Boise and Payette Fire Restriction Areas

Campfires, Stove Use and Smoking Restricted

Boise, Idaho – July 13, 2021 – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Boise Fire Restriction Area and the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021.

These fire restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public/federal lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.

The Boise and Payette Fire Restriction Areas include both the Boise and Payette National Forests, Idaho state endowment lands, Boise and Cottonwood BLM Field Offices, Bureau of Reclamation Project lands, and private lands in the restriction areas. Designated Wilderness areas are excluded from fire restrictions at this time but may be included in the future. For a detailed map of each fire restriction area, visit these links:

* Boise Fire Restriction Area includes the West Central, Treasure Valley and the Owyhee areas: (link)

* Payette Fire Restriction Area includes the Weiser River, Payette National Forest East and West, Little Salmon River and the Long Valley/Meadows Valley areas: (link)

Fire, fuels, and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restrictions will be adjusted. The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their diligence in preventing unwanted human caused fires so far this season and ask for their continued support as fuels dry and hotter temperatures are expected to continue into this fall.

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.

Please visit (link) or contact the local land management offices for current information regarding fire restrictions and their potential end dates.