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Fire danger raised to VERY HIGH

| August 10, 2022 2:53 PM

The Shoshone County Fire Chief's Association, which includes members from all Silver Valley local fire departments and wildland fire agencies, have determined it is time to move the fire danger to VERY HIGH for the local area- effective August 12, 2022.

Under this current level, outdoor burning is not allowed, but sensible campfires are.

Ensure all campfires are kept to a 3’x3’ size and extinguished completely if not attended. Campfires left unattended to smolder are still dangerous and cause numerous wildfires each year. A shovel and bucket of water are required on site when you have a campfire and will help to put your fire completely out. Drown, stir, and repeat until your fire is cool to the touch before leaving.

While the Silver Valley had an unusually wet spring, summer temperatures and a lack of significant rainfall have left our forest fuels vulnerable to wildfire. Recent fires in the area have grown rapidly and burned intensely even in seemingly green fuels. In these conditions, fires can start from a variety of unusual heat sources. Officials encourage residents to be vigilant when traveling in the area and make sure your vehicles, trailers, and fire extinguishers are in good working condition. As you enjoy the outdoors, please be on the lookout for smoke and report all wildfires to 911 immediately.

For additional information, please contact your local fire district, at the phone numbers below:

Shoshone County FD #1: 208-752-1101

Shoshone County FD #2: 208-784-1188

Shoshone County FD #3: 208-744-1194

Prichard/Murray VFD: 208-682-3952

US Forest Service: 208-783-2100

Idaho Department of Lands: 208- 682-4611

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