Idaho Press-Tribune: Southwest Idaho Fire Restrictions Lift Wednesday


State and federal wildlife officials will lift the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all public lands in southwest Idaho on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that cooler weather and lower wildfire dangers prompted the change 

The restrictions began on Aug. 1, prohibiting campfires and the use of charcoal barbecues or sheepherder stoves. Fire managers still stress the importance of using water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbecues and stoves. The restriction significantly reduces the threat of fires in the late summer.

However, the BLM Fire Prevention Order that prohibits discharging fireworks and firearms with incendiary or tracer ammunition—as well as burning any tire, magnesium, wire, plastic or explosive material—still remains in effect until Oct. 20 for all BLM-managed lands in Idaho.