Fire restrictions lifted; burn bans may still apply

With much cooler temperatures and the abundance of precipitation in the past several days, land management agencies have lifted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Riverbreaks and Upland Zones of the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area effective Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Fire Restrictions are rescinded by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Nez Perce Tribe, the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).

The restrictions were put into effect in early to mid-August 2017, when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought much needed moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, moderating fire conditions significantly. Forest visitors are reminded to always be careful with all use of fire in the outdoors. The accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware.

Fire restrictions may be lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. See burnpermits.idaho.gov for more information.

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