Reminder: No fireworks allowed in the Boise National Forest

Posted at 12:34 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 14:35:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — Officials with the Boise National Forest are reminding visitors that the use of all fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices is prohibited on National Forest lands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. The Forest is expected to see large numbers of visitors to recreation areas during the Fourth of July weekend and this increased activity could lead to human-caused fires.

Temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days and little precipitation is expected, so the potential for wildfires is increasing. Fire officials ask visitors to be especially careful when towing trailers or boats.

"If you plan to tow a boat or RV, please check your safety chains before heading to the forest or any major highway corridor," said Tony DeMasters, a member of the Boise National Forest fire staff. "The chains sometimes hang too low and have the potential to spark a wildfire if they drag on the ground while towing."

When building campfires, look for a place at least 15-feet from trees shrubs, tents or other flammable objects and be aware of low hanging branches. Do not leave campfires unattended and make sure they are fully out when you leave.

Internal or external combustion engines, like those found on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles, without a spark-arresting device properly installed and maintained are strictly prohibited on National Forest lands, along with the use of explosives and exploding targets. These devices are designed to explode when shot with a rifle. The resulting explosions have been known to cause wildfires.

Forest officials recommend you make a reservation as campgrounds are expected to fill up quickly. You can make a reservation for your desired campground by clicking here. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at the Visitor Information Center/BLM Public Room or on the Boise National Forest website. The maps show designated routes for motorized and non-motorized recreation users.

Forest offices are closed due to safety issues with COVID-19. The only walk-in office is the Visitor Information Center/BLM Public Room.