U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 10/04/12|
Fire Restrictions Lifted on Southwest Idaho Public Lands
BOISE, Idaho–Cooler weather prompted state and federal wildfire officials to lift the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning Friday, October 5th at 12:01 A.M.
The lift pertains to the following:
All state and BLM administered lands outside incorporated city limits within Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington counties, and portions of Idaho, Adams, Valley, Custer, Elmore, Camas and Blaine counties;
EXCEPT: Portion of Adams County within Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
-Portion of Idaho County south of Salmon River (east of Riggins), east of Highway 95 (south of Riggins) and are not federal lands designated as wilderness.
-All Boise National Forest lands within Boise, Elmore, Gem and Ada counties, and a portion of Valley County;
-All Payette National Forest lands within Adams, Washington and Idaho counties, and a portion of Valley County; and
-All Sawtooth National Forest lands within Elmore and Camas counties, and portions of Blaine and Custer counties.
Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove. Fire managers remind people to use water to extinguish all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves.
“We recognize vegetation conditions are still dry, but cooler temperatures and shorter days are bringing relief,” said Boise National Forest Fire Management Officer Bob Shindelar.
More information is available at ranger district offices, BLM and Idaho Department of Lands offices. You can also visit the following websites:
Make sure you also check with county and local officials regarding fire restrictions outside these entities.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 10-05-2012|
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