Fire Managers: Increase of Illegal Campfires in Boise National Forest 

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While nearly 2,000 firefighters continue to battle the Pioneer Wildfire, expected to continue burning through the month and into September, officials with the Boise National Forest said Aug. 16 there have been an increasing number of violations of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions by the public.

The Stage 1 restrictions, which went into effect for the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Federal Lands August 1, are intended to reduce human-caused fires. But fire prevention patrol units have discovered more than a dozen illegal campfires built outside of designated campgrounds in the past few days. During the restrictions, campfires are allowed only within agency-designated campgrounds in agency-provided structures. It includes lands in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington Counties.

"Our goal is to reduce the potential of a new fire start, especially while dealing with the current large Pioneer Fire," said Boise National Forest Fire Management Officer Bob Shindelar. "New fires increase both firefighter risk and fire suppression costs, not to mention the social impacts of smoke."
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