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Fire restrictions are meant to prevent human-caused wildfires. There are Stage I and Stage II restrictions, with specific prohibited activities for each listed below. Restrictions can be declared in a portion of the state, or in multiple areas by local authorities. There is also a helpful FAQ section of this page.

Local agencies follow established, statewide-approved guidelines for implementing fire restrictions in their geographic areas. Fire restrictions are implemented in accordance with the criteria established in the 2021 Idaho Fire Restrictions Plan.

This map is prepared by our award-winning GIS team and updated as fire restrictions are announced by the responsible jurisdictions. It may take an extra moment to load.

How to use

The map shows current fire restrictions only. Restrication areas may change. Please check back regularly for updates.

Zoom into the map to find restriction areas and boundaries. Hover over the upper right-hand corner of each block to find a circle with outward arrows. Click or tap on the circle to get an expanded view of that individual section. You can also find restriction areas by using the list on the left. Click on the list item and it will be highlighted on the map.


Stage I Restrictions

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site. If you live within a city limit or incorporated area, follow local direction. If you own land outside city limits or incorporated area you may have a campfire on your own land but only within a fire structure.
  • 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.

Stage II Restrictions

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire (wood or gas fueled), or stove fire. Campfires are not allowed anywhere when under a Stage II restriction.
  • 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.
  • The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A patrol is required for 1 hour (3 hours for anyone engaged in a Forest Operation requiring a Certificate of Compliance) following cessation of all work as described in a, b, and c below.
  • NOTE: Option 1 Certificates of Compliance are exempt from 3 hour fire watches.
  • a. 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.
  • b. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
  • c. Using an explosive.
Fire restriction information posted here is from the 2021 Idaho Fire Restrictions Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

As found in the Idaho Fire Restrictions Plan where you can find a complete list of questions and answers.

What is the Idaho Fire Restrictions Plan?

The Idaho Fire Restrictions Plan is an interagency document that outlines interagency coordination efforts regarding fire restrictions and closures. An interagency approach for initiating restrictions or closures helps provide consistency among the land management partners, while defining the restriction boundaries so they are easily distinguishable to the public. Each restrictions area is encouraged to recruit any affected agency or landowner into restriction conversations whenever possible. More information about the plan is available at idahofireinfo.com.

Fire Restrictions

What lands are covered under the restrictions?

Federal, State, Tribal and private lands (outside of city limits and incorporated areas), which lie within the restriction area boundary. See maps.

Is the Hells Canyon NRA under Fire Restrictions?

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest administers fire restriction for this area. Please check with them for current Fire Restrictions that may be in effect.

Are campfires and cook stoves allowed to be used during Stage 1 Restrictions?

Only in designated sites that each jurisdiction has established. Contact local jurisdiction for a list of designated sites.

What are the penalties or fines for violating a restriction order?

  • The maximum penalty for violating a fire restriction order may differ depending on the enforcement agency:
  • Forest Service: The maximum penalty for violating a restriction order is $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations and/or 6 months imprisonment. The maximum penalty would be imposed by the Federal Magistrate following a court appearance.
  • BLM: Violation of the prohibited acts is punishable by fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 12 months (Title 18 USC 1856, Title 43 USC 1701, Title 43 9212.4, and/or appropriate State laws).
  • State: Misdemeanor. Actual cost of suppression
  • If violating a fire restriction order results in a wildfire, the violator will also be liable for any and all suppression costs resulting from the wildfire and damage to property and resources. Criminal charges may also be imposed.

Are the public lands closed due to the fire restrictions?

No. Your public lands remain open for use. However, in the event of a fire, there may be temporary road or area closures associated with the incident to provide for public and firefighter safety.

Campfires

Under Stage I fire restrictions where can I have a campfire?

Campfires are allowed in developed recreation sites with owner provided fire structures. Owner provided fire structures relate to the owner of the land, so personally owned charcoal grills, fire pans, wood or charcoal fueled “sheep herder” stoves etc. are restricted when we are in Stage I fire restrictions.

What is a developed recreation site?

An area that has been improved or developed for recreation. A developed recreation site is signed as a privately owned commercial campground, tribal, or agency owned campground or picnic area.

I have a privately-owned summer home on land leased to me by a federal agency, am I restricted from having a campfire at my summer home?

Yes, your summer home lease probably is included in the restriction because your leased lot is not a designated recreation area under the definition listed above. It is not signed as a commercial campground or picnic area and the owner of the land (federal) in all likelihood did not provide your fire structure.

I have a privately owned cabin on private land. Can I have a campfire on my own land?

If you live within a city limit or incorporated area, you should follow local direction. If your privately owned land is outside of a city limit or incorporated area you may have a campfire on your own land only within an owner-provided fire structure (see definitions). Otherwise, you are restricted from having a campfire under state statutes (Idaho Code, Title 38, Sections 115 and 116).

I am an outfitter/guide/contractor who has a permit or contract to conduct business on federal, state and/or tribal lands. Am I exempt from these restrictions?

No. Your activities are restricted the same as the general public unless you have a written permit signed by the appropriate agency official granting a specific exemption from the prohibited activity.

Stove Fires

Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, are stoves allowed and if so what kind?

Any stove fueled solely by liquid petroleum (i.e. gas, white gas fuel etc.) or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) (i.e. propane, etc.) fuel is OK under both Stage I and Stage II. Stoves fueled by wood that are not being used in a building or vehicle are prohibited under both Stage I and Stage II.

What about fire pans on the river corridors?

Metal fire pans can be used in the following locations:

Persons using a metal fire pan* within ¼ mile of:

  • The Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site to Vinegar Creek
  • The Middle Fork of the Salmon River
  • The Selway River from the Paradise boat launch to Race Creeko
  • The Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam to the City of Lewiston
  • Salmon River from Vinegar Creek to its mouth at the Snake River below the mean high water mark.

*A metal fire pan with sides at least three inches high with a metal grate on top

Why can’t I use my “sheepherder” stove in my wall tent? It has a spark arrestor and is fully enclosed.

Sheep herder stoves are prohibited in wall tents because they are not being used in a building or vehicle and since they burn wood or charcoal are considered the same as a campfire. They are also usually not used in developed recreation sites, and even if they are, the stoves are not considered owner provided fire structures. There is potential for these stoves to cause wildfires both while in use and when users discard the ashes.

Why are portable charcoal grills restricted?

Charcoal is OK to use under Stage I Fire Restrictions in developed recreation sites in owner provided fire structures. This is because the owner provided structure is generally permanently mounted in a fixed position and cannot be easily tipped over. Charcoal grills can easily cause wildfires because they tend to hold heat for a relatively long period of time and users usually discard the ashes. Portable charcoal grills can also easily be tipped over and can produce blowing embers which can easily ignite a wildfire during extreme fire conditions.

Why are LPG and liquid fueled stoves OK?

Using liquid or gas fuel helps reduce the likelihood that individuals might discard or leave ashes or hot charcoal briquettes before they are completely extinguished. These types of stoves also do not produce blowing embers further reducing the wildfire potential.

Can I use my Dutch oven?

Dutch Ovens in and of themselves are not restricted. They can be used anywhere at any time utilizing stoves fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas. During Stage I fire restrictions they may be used with wood or charcoal as a heat source in developed recreation sites in owner provided fire structures only.

Motorized vehicles

Are there any restrictions on motorized vehicles?

Under Stage I fire restrictions, motorized vehicle use is not restricted due to wildfire issues. Visitors are reminded, however, to consult agency travel plan maps because there are identified roads and trails that are closed to motorized travel either seasonally or year-round. Some agencies also may have restrictions which require users to stay on designated roads and trails year-round regardless of whether there is fire restriction in place or not.

During the period between May 10th and October 20th, regardless of whether there is a fire restriction in place, all internal combustion engines must be equipped with properly installed, maintained, and effectively working spark arrestors. Additionally, all operators of motorcycles, trail bikes and all-terrain vehicles and similar type motorized vehicles are required to carry one serviceable shovel and one (1 gallon minimum) water container.

Are there any restrictions on the use of chainsaws or generators?

Under Stage I fire restrictions there are no restrictions on the use of chainsaws or generators which are related to wildfire issues. However, users are reminded that personal use and/or commercial use firewood gathering permits are still required and many federal and state land agencies have identified designated areas where these activities are allowed and other areas where wood gathering is prohibited. Generators are not restricted.

During the period between May 10th and October 20th regardless of whether there is a fire restriction in place, all internal combustion engines must be equipped with properly installed, maintained, and effectively working spark arrestors.

Smoking

What are the restrictions on smoking?

Under Stage I fire restrictions, smoking is not allowed except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

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