TWIN FALLS, ID- With the recent rash of lightning caused fire activity on nearly all corners of the Twin Falls District BLM, it further emphasizes the need for extreme caution this Independence Day. The Twin Falls District BLM firefighters would like your help to ensure that everyone has a safe and fire-free Fourth of July.
When lighting fireworks, you can prevent wildfires by taking the following precautions:
· Light fireworks only in areas devoid of vegetation
· Have a bucket of water on hand to dispose of used fireworks
· Do not light fireworks on public lands
Clearly, wildfire activity has increased significantly over the past few days due to the weather. The Idaho Fire Prevention Order which is in effect until October 20, 2013, is designed to prevent human caused wildfires on public land. Until it is lifted, the following are prohibited on public lands within the State of Idaho:
· Discharging, using, or 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
Violations of the 2013 Fire Prevention Order may result in a $1,000 fine, up to one year in prison and restitution for wildfire suppression and rehabilitation costs for any fire resulting from those actions.
The BLM hopes that everyone will celebrate our Independence Day in a safe and responsible manner. Please do your part and report any fires by dialing 1-800-974-2373 or #FIRE from any cell phone. For further information, contact Josh Olsen (208)-308-5991.