The Stage I fire restrictions that went into effect on the morning of Wednesday, August 15 include some lands in Idaho and Adams counties that are managed by BLM’s Cottonwood Field Office. Stage I restrictions prohibit fires, campfires or campstoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage I also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites. Restrictions are in effect until further notice.
Rafters along on the Lower Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site to the confluence of the Snake River may use metal fire pans only within ¼-mile of the river corridor. All ashes must be packed out.
With the fire season well underway, the placement of these restrictions is intended to keep visitors to BLM lands safe as well as prevent the catastrophic effects of wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to BLM lands in North Central Idaho, including a float trip on the Lower Salmon River, please check the BLM Cottonwood Field Office website for the latest information: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/cottonwood.htmlor call the office at 208-962-3245.