Fires and smoking will be prohibited outside of designated campsites and picnic areas on federal and state public lands beginning Thursday.
Federal and state fire officials put the restrictions in place due to the hot, dry conditions and very high fire danger in southwest and central Idaho.
The areas include private and agency lands protected by the Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests; Idaho Department of Lands Forest Protection Districts, Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association, and Bureau of Land Management.
Under the Stage 1 regulation campfires and smoking are prohibited on the restricted state and federally managed lands, roads and trails outside city boundaries. People using fire pans within one quarter mile of the south side Main Salmon River west of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the confluence of the Little Salmon River are exempt.
For more information go to the Idaho Fire Restrictions Page.