Several federal agencies responsible for managing public land in central and southern Idaho implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, effective Thursday (July 26) because of low wildland fuel moisture, high fire danger and the high number of fire incidents.
The following activities are prohibited under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:
In addition, the following are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. – a patrol is required for one hour following the cessation of all work as described below:
Some exemptions are provided under the announcement by the U.S. Department of the Interior, issued Monday (July 23). See the BLM announcement for details.
fire restrictions apply to the Boise District of the Bureau of Land
Management, the Boise National Forest, the Payette National Forest,
the Sawtooth National Forest and the portions of the Twin Falls District
BLM that are in the southwest Idaho Fire Restrictions Areas 1 and 2.
The largest fire remains the Murphy Complex on the Idaho/Nevada border, which is the nation’s highest wildland fire priority. The lightning-caused blaze has consumed 660,000 acres of rangeland in Idaho and Nevada. More than 1,400 firefighters are battling the brush and grass fire in extremely difficult terrain. No projected time of containment is projected.
For information about highway closures related to wildfires and updates on highway construction projects that might impact travel in Idaho, call 511 or visit the Idaho Traveler Services Web site at 511.idaho.gov .
The status of wildfires in Idaho and throughout the West is available at the National Interagency Fire Center Web site at http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info/nfn.htm. The center, located in Boise, coordinates wildfire suppression efforts for nine national agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Association of State Forests.