Fire Restrictions Set Within the West Central Mountains


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect in the West Central Mountains until further notice. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect in the West Central Mountains until further notice.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will go into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 5, across the West Central Mountains, and stay that way until further notice. The restrictions apply to federal, state and private lands, roads and trails. They also prohibit building a fire, campfire, or stove fire unless it's in an agency-approved structure. On private land, fires can only be built in permanent structures, with the permission of the landowner. Smoking is not allowed unless it's done in an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation area. Stay at least 3 feet away from all flammable materials.

Exceptions include stoves fueled by liquid petroleum, and fires built in metal fire pans within a quarter-mile of the south side of the Main Salmon River, west of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, and to the confluence of the Little Salmon River—but ashes must be packed out.

The restrictions will be enforced on lands managed by the Boise, Payette and Sawtooth National Forests; the Bureau of Land Management field offices; as well as state and private lands within Washington and Boise counties, Adams County (besides the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area), portions of Idaho, Blaine, Camas and Custer counties, and all of Valley County.

Violating the restrictions could cost as much as $10,000 in fines and six months in prison.

Restrictions in the Owyhee Mountains, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Treasure Valley have already gone into effect in an effort to curb human-caused wildfires.

Meanwhile, in the Boise National Forest, lightning on July 31 sparked another seven fires, but none are threatening structures and all are less than four acres. The fires are widely scattered throughout the forest, and are all currently staffed. More lightning is expected today.