Fires

Headed outdoors this weekend? Think twice before you start a campfire.

View of the Cinder Butte Fire

This is a video of smoke from the Cinder Butte Fire in Oregon.
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This is a video of smoke from the Cinder Butte Fire in Oregon.

Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect in the Treasure Valley starting Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It prohibits campfires anywhere other than designated campgrounds.

Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties fall under the restrictions, which ban fires, campfires and camp stoves in nonrecreation areas on public and private land, roads and trails. Areas with approved fire structures, such as fire rings in designated campsites, are not affected.

Horsethief Reservoir falls under the restrictions. Horsethief’s campsites currently have no approved fire pits in place, though their installation is planned for this fall.

“With dry conditions, the threat of wildfire in the area is just too great,” Fish and Game recreational site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy said. “The campfire ban at Horsethief will be lifted when the fire risk subsides.”

Horsethief Reservoir is located 9 miles east of Cascade and is a popular spot for rainbow trout fishing and camping.

In Boise County, the boundary stretches from Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, on the south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir.

In Elmore County, the boundary lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, and south along Anderson Dam Road to U.S. 20.

The northern boundary begins near Weiser and follows U.S. 95 to Indian Valley, before generally following the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be placed on Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties starting Monday.

Designated areas where campfires are allowed include campgrounds in the Stanley Lake Area, the Salmon River Corridor, the Pettit Lake Area, the Alturas Lake Area, the Wood River Valley and the Redfish Lake Area.

The Fairfield Ranger District and Ketchum Ranger District also have available campgrounds to make campfires.

Campfires anywhere other than those designated campgrounds are prohibited in the Sawtooth National Forest.

The restrictions prohibit smoking in open areas unless that area is free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet.

To see an interactive map with more areas affected by the restrictions, click here.

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