As of Oct. 21, a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is no longer required until next year for burning activities outside city limits.

The fire safety burn permit from IDL is required for any burning, excluding recreational campfires, outside city limits during closed fire season, which extends from May 10 through Oct. 20 every year.

Those planning to burn still should check with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), local fire departments, and tribal reservations if applicable before burning to determine if other permits are required or local burning limitations are in place.

Fire managers ask Idahoans still to use caution when burning outside of closed fire season.

Even though a fire safety burn permit is not required outside of closed fire season, IDL still recommends burners obtain the permit to help firefighters minimize false runs to fires.

The permit is free and can be obtained online at or in person at IDL offices statewide.

The IDL issued more than 14,100 fire safety burn permits in calendar year 2017.

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