During the summer of 2022, more than 1,300 people have worked to knock down the Moose Fire in south central Idaho. In this photo, firefighters chase spot fires along U.S. Highway 93 in the Red Rock/Comet Creek area. (Mike McMillian/Salmon-Challis National Forest)
Rising temperatures over the past few weeks have placed all of Idaho in high or very high fire danger conditions, according to an Idaho Department of Lands press release. Now, fire wardens across the state are limiting state burn permits through the department, which are being issued until Oct. 20 this year, according to the release.
Burn permits are required for people living outside city limits to use burn barrels and to burn yard waste or piles of debris from timber. Fire danger conditions, weather, smoke levels and air quality are taken into account during the permit process. Most permits are being limited to crop residue burning, according to the press release.
While the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is the agency that approves crop residue burning, the Department of Lands can temporarily prohibit it when safety is a concern. The agencies are working together to allow crop residue burning when it is safe to do so. Crop burning permits will not be approved by the Department of Environmental Quality unless the Department of Lands is allowing them to be issued.
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