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Fire Season Begins Requiring Burn Permits

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A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required until June 30th.

Boise County -No Burn County Ordinance begins July 1 through Oct 20th.  Proper burn permits are required for burning vegetation including tree limbs and yard waste. Burn Permits are obtained by contacting your local fire officials at the fire departments. There is no cost to get the permits. Also, you can go online to the Idaho Department of Lands at http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/ and issue yourself a permit.

The permits show the fire officials who has a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, the fire department can then see if that person has their burn permit or if they need to go and address the source of the unknown smoke. The permits do not apply to logging slash or construction debris because they generally need to get a commercial permit for that type of burning.

Remember that it is a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) violation if you are burning household trash, even if it is a burn barrel.  That affects the air quality. Paper and cardboard is acceptable but other items including plastic, painted boards, treated wood or glued wood. This creates a toxic smoke. DEQ violations cost more money, too.

Starting July 1st through October 20th, a “No Burn” policy will be in effect through all of Boise County.  There are a few exceptions in the Boise County ordinance. Acceptable burning in designated campsites and inhabited premises where fires are in a permanent barbecue, fire-pit, outdoor fireplace or incinerator and must be a minimum of 10 feet from any combustible material or non-fire resistive vegetation.

Though the forest is wet and green right now, Garden Valley Fire Chief John Delvalle reminds everyone that fire season has officially started in Idaho on May 10.  The weather can warm up with less moisture than what has been seen lately. It does not take long for vegetation to dry out.

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff