The Treasure Valley skies have been filled with smoke for days now and while a lot of the issue is blamed on the California fires, the reality of it is... the drought along with the triple digit temperatures make things not look good for our local forest. The headlines are already claiming that this could be "Idaho's worst fire season ever". Friday at midnight Boise and Payette will go be under Stage 1 fire restrictions. Taking into consideration that 75% of forest fires are caused by humans I think we should all be aware of what NOT to do. Check out the specifics below compliments of ktvb.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site and in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on private land, and only within an owner-provided 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.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The following acts are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire (wood or gas fueled), or stove fire.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  • Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering.
  • Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
  • Using an explosive.

We all love enjoying the great Idaho outdoors but we should remember to leave nature better than we found it and that means being responsible. Nice to meet you, I'm Smokey The Bear... hahaha...

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