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7/11/2021 Stage II Fire Restrictions

Image Stage II Fire Restrictions are being implemented in the Coeur d’Alene Fire Restriction Area, which includes all state, federal, and private forestland and rangeland in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Latah Counties. This also includes National Forest System lands in Washington and Montana that are administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing lands or providing wildland fire protection in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Under Stage II fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted private, state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, 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 for non-commercial purposes including ATVs, UTVs, and pickups.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.: (A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in a, b, and c below.)
    • Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, log loading and hauling, road building and woodcutting or any other activity employing the use of an internal combustion engine or off-road activity associated with industrial operations or fire wood gathering.
    • Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
    • Using an explosive.

The following are exemptions to the Stage II Fire Restrictions:

  • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  • Persons using a fire or stove fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
  • Persons using a generator with an approved spark arrester on areas that are cleared of all flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  • Log loading and hauling only from landings and existing roads and only on non-federal lands.
  • Private landowners using charcoal (disposed of properly) or propane barbecues on their own lands.
  • Normal operations on crop lands.
  • Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per conditions in Stage II Exemptions for Public Utilities and Railroads. Please see Appendix 11 of the 2021 Idaho Interagency Fire Restrictions plan available at http://www.idahofireinfo.com
  • Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty.
  • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  • All land within a city boundary.

With the extreme temperatures and drought the region is experiencing, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. Please Click here for a detailed map and current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.