BOISE COUNTY IS NOW USING CODERED TO NOTIFY RESIDENTS OF EVACUATIONS AND EMERGENCIES.
PLEASE GO TO THE SHERIFF'S WEBPAGE TO SIGN UP FOR THESE NOTIFICATIONS.
A Closure Order has been implemented on portions of the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests due to the Little Queens Fire. The closure was modified on August 31st: the closure area that remains in effect within the
Boise National Forest is generally bounded by the Middle Fork Boise River Road
(Forest Road 268) and Swanholm Road junction (Forest Road 327), then north following
the Swanholm Road (open) to Trail 057, then east to Forest Road 312 until it
meets the Sawtooth Wilderness Boundary, and then south along the Wilderness
boundary to the junction with Forest Service Road 205N.
A Closure Order remains in place in the vicinity of the Elk Complex. With the exception of Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads, all county roads and most forest roads within the Pine-Featherville area are open. However, the public cannot walk, drive or recreate on National Forest lands within the area closure. Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads remain open to residents only. The Trinity Lakes Recreation Area will remain closed due to its proximity with the Elk Complex.
Closures for the Ridge
Fire, northeast of Lowman: the following trails are closed: Kirkham Ridge (#144), beginning at the
intersection with the Long Creek Trail (#018) and continuing north to the intersection
with Bull Trout Lake Road (NFS Road 520); Link
Trail (#148); Red Mountain Trail
For Closure area
details, please visit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
, and then select the fire of interest.
Or call 384-3266 through Saturday, August 31. After that date, call 861-0768.
For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health please visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WildfireSmoke/tabid/2172/Default.aspx.
Or visit the Idaho Smoke Blog:
Boise County Open Burning Ban (July 1 through October 20)
CURRENTLY IN EFFECT: Boise County's ban on open burning is contained in Ordinance 2011-03 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 http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/.
Current State and Federal Fire Restrictions
Stage 1 Restrictions begin August 1st. With the hot, dry conditions and very high fire danger throughout southwest and central Idaho, local wildland fire protection agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective Thursday, August 1, 2013 beginning at 12:01 a.m. The identified areas include all private, State, and BLM protected lands outside incorporated city limits within Boise County. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
For a detailed map and information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html.
Under State 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state and federally managed lands, roads and trails:
· Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, stove fire except within an agency designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure, or on a private citizen’s own land and only within an owner-provided permanent 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.
Following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
· Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
· Persons using fire solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used 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.
· Persons using metal fire pans within ¼ mile of the south side Main Salmon River west of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the confluence of the Little Salmon River.
· Other exemptions unique to each agency.
For more information, contact your local USFS or Department of Lands Office, or your local Fire Department.
CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITY: August 31, 2013
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST FIRES
Little Queens (25,338 acres; 20% contained)
A Type 3 Incident Management
organization has taken over command of the fire. One hand crew, four engines and
two helicopters will continue to mop up control lines on the south flank near
Atlanta and along the Middle Fork Boise River Road. The historic Overlook Mill
ruin in Black Warrior drainage has been destroyed by the fire. Conditions in the
area of the fire are expected to remain very dry and hot over the remainder of
the Labor Day weekend.
Little Queens fire information is available at www.inciweb.org/incident/3681 or by calling 208 864-2139.