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Fire Management




There are no evacuation orders in place in Boise County at this time.  

The Boise County Sheriff has created some information for residents to help prepare for another fire season.  Boise County Evacuation Policy     Evacuation Tips for residents


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TIMBER BUTTE FIRE   August 14 @ 0900

Summary:   With newly mapped dozer lines added, the total fire size is 6797 acres and is 95 percent contained.  The fire area received widespread rain most of the day and crews were able to mop-up and repair lines along the south and west edges of the fire perimeter.  Crews were pulled off the northeast side of the fire for safety reasons today during the rain.  They were able to reengage in the afternoon and continue work on the interior.  

Current Situation:  Today, crews will continue to repair dozer lines and begin back haul of equipment. There will be crews working in the northeast area of the fire, continuing to work in areas to extinguish heavy, down logs and interior smokes.  Crews will begin to demobilize as the fire transitions back to locale administration.  The Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 will turn back management of the fire to local managers at 8:00 PM tonight. 

The fire started August 9 in the late afternoon. It is burning in an area protected by the Idaho Department of Lands Southwest Forest Protective District. Cooperators include local fire departments, county sheriffs, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management. Additionally, one member of the recently established Black Canyon Rangeland Fire Protection Association participated in suppression efforts, using his own dozer to protect private property.

An Inciweb page for the Timber Butte Fire has been set up and is available at this link:


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Boise County Open Burning Ban (July 1 through October 20)

CURRENTLY IN EFFECT: Boise County's ban on outdoor burning is contained in Ordinance 2014-03 and prohibits any open fires on private lands between July 1st and October 20th. This ban does not prohibit campfires in appropriate structures at private residences.The ban continues in effect between these dates regardless of the presence of state and federal restrictions.

Idaho's Open Burning Permits (May 10 through October 20)

The Idaho Department of Lands regulates any burning outside city limits statewide (excluding campfires) from May 10 to October 20. Permits from IDL can be obtained at

Current State and Federal Fire Restrictions 

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted from all of Boise County effective Friday night (August 15) at midnight.

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites.  Fire managers remind people to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves.

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.  

More information is available at Forest, BLM and IDL offices.  Current fire restrictions throughout the state are at:  County and local officials should be contacted regarding fire restrictions outside the described areas.

Boise County’s Outdoor Burning Ordinance (2014-03) remains in effect and prohibits any open fires on private lands between July 1st and October 20th. The Ordinance also prohibits “Reckless Fire Activity” on all lands. The Ordinance does not prohibit campfires in appropriate structures at private residences.

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