Stage I fire restrictions have been issued for the Treasure Valley and the West Central Mountains starting this Thursday, according to the BLM’s Idaho Interagency Fire Restrictions website. That means, for those two zones, both campfires and smoking are banned outside of enclosed buildings, vehicles or developed recreation sites. Violations are punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in prison.
The restrictions apply on all private, state, and BLM-protected 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; all Boise National Forest lands within Boise, Elmore, Gem and Ada counties, and a portion of Valley County; all Payette National Forest lands (excluding the Frank Church Wilderness) within Adams, Washington and portions of Idaho and Valley Counties; and all Sawtooth National Forest lands within Elmore and Camas counties, and portions of Blaine and Custer counties.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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