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Officials to lift Stage One Fire Restrictions

Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 13:00:53-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Effective Thursday, Oct. 1 at 12:01 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Twin Falls District and the Sawtooth National Forest officials say they will remove the Stage One Fire Restrictions in areas of Camas, Blaine and parts of Custer counties located in the Sawtooth North Zone.

Sawtooth North Zone includes all Sawtooth National Forest, Twin Falls District and Idaho State lands north of Highway 20 to the northernmost Sawtooth National Forest boundary, and from Hill City east to Craters of the Moon National Monument Park Visitor Center.

As Idaho News 6 reported, the Stage One Fire Restrictions were put into effect Aug. 1, 2020. The restrictions within the Raft River division of the Sawtooth National Forest in northern Utah will remain in place.

Officials say lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites.

However, fire managers would like to remind the public that the accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware. Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:

  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended.
  • Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times.
  • Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it.
  • Never use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds on or near public land.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within Idaho, according to officials. This order prohibits discharging, using or possessing fireworks, discharging a firearm using incendiary, steel core or tracer ammunition, or burning, igniting or causing to burn explosive material, including exploding targets.