by Deanna Darr
It should come as no surprise by this point that officials are getting serious about fire restrictions in national forests. In fact, officials are expanding Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28, throughout central Idaho.
Areas under those restrictions include all private and public lands in the Clearwater National Forest, Bureau of Land Management-controlled areas, Department of Lands Forest Protection districts and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association lands.
Also included are Nez Perce tribal lands, private, state and federal lands outside incorporated areas in Nez Perce, Clearwater and Lewis counties, portions of Idaho County north of the Salmon River, Clearwater National Forest lands within Latah County, and areas of Adams County within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
So, just what does Stage 1 fire restrictions mean? It means no campfires, stove fires or outdoor burning. It also means no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site.
You can have a fire fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Propane campfires can be used if the area has been cleared of flammable material. Other exceptions can be found online on various agency websites.
All restrictions will stay in effect until officials believe conditions have improved.