KETCHUM, Idaho — Interim Ketchum Fire Chief Tom Bowman has implemented stage 1 fire restriction as the threat of wildfire danger increases. The restrictions are on all public and private lands, roads and trails within the boundaries of Ketchum.
The restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of preventable fires in the designated areas. The restrictions will help keep citizens and visitors safe, as well as prevent dangerous and damaging wildfires.
Under stage 1 fire restrictions, the following acts are not allowed in the designated areas:
- Unattended fires and campfires
- Smoking, except within a enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
There are some exemptions to the stage 1 fire restrictions:
- Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited acts
- Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas fuels. These devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
- Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
The restrictions will remain in place until further notice. If you are wanting more information, contact the Ketchum Fire Department at 208-726-7805.