Federal and state Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted Friday across much of the region, including public lands in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Washington, Elmore, Owyhee, Boise, Valley, Adams and Washington counties, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Recreationists can again build a campfire or use a charcoal barbecue or sheepherder stove in areas that aren’t designated campgrounds, according to the release.
All BLM managed lands will still have the fire prevention order in effect, which prohibits fireworks; discharging a firearm or burning tires, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material, according to the release.
The public is advised to contact cities and counties regarding any other local burn bans still in place.
Fire risk does remain a concern. Advice from the BLM:
• Make sure that all campfires and charcoal grills are out cold. Use water to stir and soak all charcoals and hot ash from campfires, barbecue grills and stoves.
• The state of Idaho closed season for burning will continue through Oct. 20. All individuals who plan to burn outside of a campfire must acquire a burn permit which can be requested from the Idaho Department of Lands:burnpermits.idaho.gov
• The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within the state of Idaho. This order prohibits: discharging, using, possessing fireworks; discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material (including exploding targets) that may cause a fire. Be mindful of the dry conditions.
• Prevent vehicle-related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread and checking your brakes for overheating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or dry grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing and trailer bearings are greased.
• Remember, ATV’s, motorcycles, and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.