It seems the air is finally cleared up of the smoke that had so many of us feeling gross every time we walked outside in the Treasure Valley. While it's a relief for us here in the city, it's also a great sign that the forest fires causing that smoke are being contained.

With cooler temperatures come lowered wildfire risks and because our temperatures are dropping so rapidly, fire restrictions are being dropped. This is exciting news for campers and outdoorsy people alike.

Most recently, all of Owyhee County west of the Bruneau Canyon and all of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, and Washington Counties were under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. These have since been lifted by each respective land management agency.

So what does this mean? It means outdoors life can get back to business as usual. Campfires, charcoal grills, and smoking outside of campgrounds or recreation sites are now allowed once again.  If you missed out on camping this summer or wanted to get a last round of s'mores roasted up-- you've got a green light from authorities!

Just because fires are allowed again, however, doesn't mean you should be any less cautious while building or dealing with said fires or grills. Authorities ask you make sure your fires are put out completely with water.

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