COEUR D’ALENE, ID – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout many parts of northern and central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2015. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection to public lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the Nez Perce Tribe, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.
Stage I restrictions will be in effect in the following areas: (For a detailed map showing all Idaho Fire Restriction Areas, please visit: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html)
o Coeur d’Alene Fire Restrictions Area (Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone): North Valley and South Valley ONLY (see attached maps)
· North Valley Restrictions Area: All lands below the 3,000 foot elevation level located in Bonner and Boundary Counties. There are minor exceptions to the 3,000 foot rule - please see attached map for more details.
· South Valley Restrictions Area: All lands below the 3,000 foot elevation level located in Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, and Latah Counties. There are minor exceptions to the 3,000 foot rule - please see attached map for more details.
o Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area: Zone 1 ONLY (see attached maps)
· All lands in Idaho County, extending south along the Little Salmon River corridor to the Adams County line, and west to the Idaho/Oregon border, with the exception of USFS lands west of the Salmon River.
· All of Nez Perce and Lewis Counties and all of Clearwater County that is west of the Clearwater National Forest boundary
· All portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area within the State of Idaho
o Payette (Riggins area) Fire Restrictions Area: Zone 4 ONLY (see attached Zone 4 Payette Map)
· All state, private and BLM managed land (except that located within NFS boundaries) south of the main Salmon river to Smokey Boulder road (see map for more detail)
Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state and Federally managed or protected lands, roads and trails:
· Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
· Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
· Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
· Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
· Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
· Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
· All land within a city boundary is exempted.
· Other exemptions unique to each agency.
· Persons using metal fire pans* (see definition) within ¼ mile of:
o The Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site to its mouth at the Snake River.
o The Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
o The Selway River from the Paradise boat launch to Race Creek.
o The Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam to the City of Lewiston.
*Pack-out of ashes is required.
With the upcoming Fourth of July weekend and the extreme temperatures the Region is experiencing, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. Idahoans are also reminded that fireworks are prohibited on forest and range lands in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20).
Please visit http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.
Fireworks and Exploding Targets Illegal on National Forests
WENATCHEE--As the Fourth of July approaches, forest visitors should be aware that fireworks and exploding targets are illegal on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
“We want the public to enjoy this great national holiday, and to do so in a manner that best ensures their safety and that of our natural resources, so please leave your fireworks at home,” Deputy Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken said.
There are monetary penalties for fireworks possession on National Forests. Violators can be subject to a citation and fine with a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in jail.
Exploding targets are a documented cause of wildfires--high temperatures and often flames are generated when they explode. They have been associated with at least five wildfires on National Forest System lands since 2012, resulting in more than 15,600 acres burned and approximately $30 million in suppression costs.
Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs. Those costs can be substantial, often running into hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.
“Lower elevation areas have already dried out and could easily spread a wildfire ignited by fireworks or exploding targets. Also, the extended forecast for July and August is for drier than normal weather conditions which will cause fire danger to increase,” said Fire Management Officer Keith Satterfield.
Campfire restrictions are currently in effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Check with the local ranger district where you will be camping to learn where campfires are allowed. Campers must ensure their campfire is completely out and cold to the touch before leaving campsites.
Remember, if you are going to have a campfire:
• First, make sure campfires are allowed in the area where you are camping.
• In developed campgrounds, use an existing fire ring. In wilderness, construct a fire ring out of rocks.
• Clear all vegetation away from the ring and don’t build a campfire underneath low hanging tree branches.
• Keep water and a shovel nearby.
When you put your campfire out:
• Drown it with water.
• Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
• Feel the coals and embers with your hands. They should be cool to the touch. If it‘s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!
When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water.
Fireworks and Fire Safety Reminders for Independence Day Holiday Weekend
BUTTE (June 29, 2015) – Recent hot, dry weather in many locations has resulted in increased fire danger. The Bureau of Land Management asks you to follow a few simple rules in order to safely enjoy your public lands over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
The use and possession of fireworks, exploding targets and luminaries with open flame are prohibited on lands administered by the BLM and other federal agencies.
If you build a campfire or use a charcoal grill, remember to put it completely out after use. Avoid driving or riding through tall, dry grass, as hot exhaust systems and tailpipes can easily start a fire. Please check that the spark arrestor on chainsaws and other equipment is attached and working before use.
Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildlfire.
The full text of the BLM Montana/Dakotas Fire Prevention Order can be found online at http://go.usa.gov/3vJXw.
For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at www.blm.gov/mt, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BLMMontana, or follow us on Twitter @BLM_MTDKs.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
Hot, Dry Temperatures, Exercise Extreme Caution, Fourth of July Weekend, Fireworks Prohibited on NFS lands
Bozeman, MT – With hot and dry conditions predicted to continue into the Fourth of July weekend, the Custer Gallatin National Forest is urging recreationists to use caution recreating on National Forest System (NFS) lands. On the Custer Gallatin National Forest, along with all National Forest System lands, the possession or discharge of fireworks is prohibited. While enjoying your National Forests this upcoming holiday weekend, visitors should keep in mind that one spark can ignite a wildfire.
Always remember to:
· fully extinguish campfires,
· do not drive in tall grasses as they begin to cure and lose their moisture,
· only park in areas clear of vegetation,
· ensure spark arresters are fully functional on all equipment,
· crush cigarettes dead out and utilize an area void of vegetation,
· know that discharging or possessing fireworks on NFS Lands can lead to criminal charges and civil liability for damages that occur from fireworks use.
“The last couple weeks of June have been hot and dry with little rain in many areas,” said Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, Public Affairs Specialist. “Do not be complacent and remember to always use caution, with even a small campfire. When leaving a fire, even for just a short bit, properly extinguish all embers with water and a shovel stirring completely and feeling until all coals are cool.”
Across most of the Forest conditions are good, but remember to check locally with the ranger district when planning your visit and keep in mind the Forest food storage order. All food and attractants (including deodorant, toothpaste, dog food or perfumes) must be locked in a hard sided vehicle, stored in the provided box or if in the backcountry hung properly in a bear bag. More information at: http://www.igbconline.org/
Both black bears and grizzlies inhabit the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Keep your camp clean, hike with bear spray readily accessible and store food out of reach of all animals.
For local questions contact the Ranger District. Free, downloadable (or hardcopy) motor vehicle use maps are available, for your mobile devices or home computer, online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin or in person.
Bozeman Ranger District, 406-522-2520;
Gardiner Ranger District, 406-848-7375;
Hebgen Lake Ranger District, West Yellowstone: 406-823-6961;
Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston: 406-222-1892
Ashland Ranger District, 406-784-2344;
Beartooth Ranger District, Red Lodge: 406-446-2103;
Sioux Ranger District, Camp Crook, SD: 605-797-4432
Be Safe with Fireworks this July 4th
The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wishes everyone an enjoyable, but safe 4th of July.
"Despite the recent precipitation please remember to take care and use caution enjoying our beautiful public lands in Wyoming,” said Fire Mitigation Specialist Carmen Thomason. “The smallest spark has the potential to start a fire. For those camping over the 4th of July, remember to extinguish campfires properly with water and dirt until they are cool.
"Never leave a campfire unattended, crush cigarettes, ensure that your vehicle is parked in areas clear of vegetation and remember that fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming. We want everyone to have a fun but safe holiday."
Recreationists need to be aware the BLM places year-round restrictions on public lands along with additional restrictions. To receive up-to-date information on where fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands, visit http://www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions.
BLM year-round fire restrictions include the following:
· Discharging or using any fireworks;
· Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition;
· Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material;
· Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.
Also, it is important to follow these recommendations:
· Make sure campfires are "dead" out.
· Remember that fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming.
· Travel and camp with a shovel and ample water.
· Avoid parking vehicles in tall or dry grass
Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.
Fireworks Prohibited on Helena National Forest
Helena & Townsend Offices Closed July 3rd; Lincoln Office Open w/ Limited Hours
HELENA, MONT., June 29, 2015—As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Helena National Forest reminds visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all Federal and State public lands, but there many other activities that they can do on the Forest.
“There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Forest: camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, to name just a few,” Kathy Bushnell, public affairs officer, said. “We want people to get outside, explore and have fun; we just want them to be aware of the rules and stay safe while they’re out there.”
Fireworks—and the possession of fireworks—are prohibited on National Forest System lands; instead, folks are encouraged to attend the variety of community-hosted events for Fourth of July activities. While exploring the national forest, though, visitors are asked to be very careful with fire. If camping, be sure never to leave your campfire unattended, and make sure it’s dead-out before leaving your site.
“Current conditions are typical for this time of year, with some areas being a little drier than others,” Bushnell said. “Based on the weather forecast that is calling for several hot days in a row, the finer fuels—like grasses—will dry out faster and could ignite easier from a spark of some kind. So, just be careful with their campfires, equipment and even trailer chains which could create a spark by dragging on the ground.”
Before you head for the hills, here are a few general tips for a fun and safe recreational experience!
· Fireworks and possession of fireworks on National Forest System lands is prohibited (36 CFR 261.52(f)) and could cost violators up to $325 in fines.
· Make sure to have a forest map and tell someone where you plan to be while in the forest!
· Always check weather conditions before heading out to the Forest. Carry enough food, water, extra clothes and gear that you may need.
· There are many patches of dead trees throughout the Forest, so be aware of your surroundings while in the forest. Place tents and park vehicles in areas where trees can not fall on them.
· Obey all off-highway motorized travel laws and regulations when exploring the forest on ATVs or other OHV equipment.
· Remember to pack out your garbage and clean up your site before you leave.
A reminder that the Forest Service offices in Helena and Townsend will be closed on Friday, July 3; however, forest maps can be purchased at one of the following locations: South’s Market, Broadwater Market, Rockhand Hardware, and Capital Sports and Western in Helena; Town & Ranch True Value in Townsend; and Elliston Store in Elliston.
The Forest Service office in Lincoln will be open throughout the holiday weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 5th; and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th.
For more information visit us on Facebook or online at www.fs.usda.gov/helena/. For more information on “One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire” go to: www.firesafemt.org, Facebook or Twitter #OneLessSpark.
Help Prevent Wildfires this Holiday Weekend
Dillon, Mont., June 29, 2015— Hot and dry temperatures are predicted for the upcoming holiday weekend, and firefighters are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires. “We are asking the public to be extremely vigilant when out recreating this holiday weekend and to take all fire safety precautions,” says Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Fire Management Officer Mike Goicoechea. “So far this year we have extinguished 11 human caused fires. The number of these human caused fires is taken into consideration when we determine if fire restrictions are necessary.”
A U.S. Forest Service fire prevention order is in effect making it a misdemeanor to carry, discharge or otherwise use fireworks on federal lands. Violations to the order may bring fines and jail time, and violators who start wildfires can also be liable for the costs of damage and suppression.
In addition to fireworks, the use of incendiary/tracer ammunition and exploding targets is prohibited on federal lands. In general, please be proactive and take precautions while shooting by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area and make sure to have fire safety equipment on hand (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water). Sparks from steel core/steel jacketed bullet fragments have been found to cause fires as much as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jacketed fragments.
During the summer, kongming lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons and sky lanterns are being used at a variety of celebrations. Such items are a fire hazard if they come into contact with dry vegetation.
Sparks can be thrown from vehicles and trailers that are not properly maintained, causing roadside fires without knowledge of the driver. So before you depart, make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring safety chains are not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased and tires are properly inflated to help prevent a blown tire.
The effects from an escaped campfire can last for many years; please completely extinguish your campfire before you leave. Before heading out to camp, find out what restrictions are in effect by going to http://firerestrictions.us
For more information, call the Forest Service in Dillon, Butte, Ennis, Sheridan, Wisdom, Wise River, or Philipsburg, or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf.
National Park Service announces fire restrictions
Moab, UT - Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger in Southeast Utah, Superintendent Kate Cannon has announced fire restrictions for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments.
Beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2015 fires will be permitted only in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Open fires are prohibited in backcountry campsites at all times. Petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in designated backcountry campsites, as well as in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
Smoking will be prohibited, except within enclosed vehicles, parking lots or developed areas that are cleared of all flammable materials for at least three feet in diameter. Visitors are reminded to exercise caution and to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials.
In the river corridors where there are no designated campsites, petroleum fueled stoves are the recommended method for cooking. At this time, charcoal fires will continue to be allowed in the river corridors if completely contained within a metal fire pan.
Fireworks are prohibited at all times in these national parks.
These fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
Information on statewide fire restrictions can be found at www.utahfireinfo.gov.