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Stage 1 and 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect Through BLM and Forest Service Lands

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The Idaho DEQ called Boise's air quality "Moderate" to "Good" this morning. - CITY OF BOISE
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  • The Idaho DEQ called Boise's air quality "Moderate" to "Good" this morning.


As of Friday, Aug. 21, some of the strictest burning restrictions are now in effect for both Bureau of Land Management  and United States Forest Service land throughout Idaho. As wildfire danger remains high in all parts of the state, it is now forbidden to build a campfire or smoke on public lands, unless in a designated area. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation siteā€”and only within a fire structure provided by an agency such as BLM or the Forest Service. Smoking is prohibited unless inside an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of flammable materials.

The restrictions are in place for BLM land in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties, as well as portions of Boise County including near Lucky Peak Lake and Arrowrock Dam and a portion of Elmore County along the South Fork of the Boise River. It also includes all of Owyhee County west of the Bruneau Canyon. 

The Forest Service also implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions Aug. 21 for the West Central Mountains including Elmore, Boise, Valley, Adams and Washington counties.

Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for the area north of Riggins on the Little Salmon River corridor along Highway 95 from Smokey Boulder Road, as well as from Riggins to the Main Salmon River and French Creek. Stage 2 restrictions are even stronger: no camp or stove fires can be built, even in designated campgrounds. It's also prohibited to drive motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails. Chainsaws and other activities including welding can't be used between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. during Stage 2 restrictions. 

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

Meanwhile, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is calling Boise's air quality index "Moderate" today. Some parts of the valley are even recorded as "Good." Air quality was classified "Very Unhealthy" near Salmon,  northwest of Grangeville and northeast of Lewiston.