By ROBERT S. MERRILL
There are no fire restrictions yet on National Forest ground in southeastern Idaho, even though the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has banned open fires and use of gas or charcoal grills and cook stoves on lands managed by the agency.
“We don’t have any fire restrictions on Forest Service land across southeastern Idaho, including Franklin County,” said Dave Duehren, with the regional office in Montpelier.
“We are encouraging people to use common sense with fires,” he said. “They need to check with our office in Montpelier on a frequent basis to see if there has been any change in the status. Our telephone number is 847-0375. This time of year, things can change in a hurry.”
Franklin County Fire Marshal Scott Martin warned people recreating in Franklin County to use care when building fires.
“Last week we canceled all burn permits in the county and will not issue any new ones because of the extremely dry conditions and potential for fires. This mainly applies to agricultural operations. It does not include building or burning recreational fires.
“Those who do so need to build fires in a cleared area with a fire ring. It would be a good idea to have a fire extinguisher close by,” he said.
Martin also said it is illegal now for residents of the county to use fireworks. Martin referred to Idaho Code which states, “Nonaerial common fireworks may be sold at retail and used beginning at midnight June 23 and ending at midnight on July 5 and beginning at midnight Dec. 26 and ending at midnight Jan. 1.”
Jennifer Jackson, information officer with the IDFG, told The Citizen effective immediately all Idaho Department of Fish and Game managed lands within the Southeast Region are under fire restrictions until further notice.
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