Saturday, May 18, 2024

Burn permits now required

| May 10, 2024 1:00 AM

Beginning Friday, May 10, people burning any brush or debris must now have a burn permit. 

Permits are free of charge and can be obtained online at, over the phone, or in person throughout Shoshone County. 

Idaho law (38-115) requires any person in Idaho who plans to burn anything during closed fire season to obtain a fire safety burn permit.  

The fire safety burn permit system helps inform fire managers where burning activities are occurring, reducing the number of false runs and reserving firefighting resources for instances in which they are truly needed. It also enables fire managers to respond more quickly to fires that escape.

Please follow the requirements of your permit and make sure that your fire is completely cold before leaving it unattended. It is also recommended to check any burns you’ve completed this spring and any machine piles burned last fall or winter as they have been known to hold heat well into the fire season. 

Closed fire season begins May 10 and extends through October 20 annually.

This requirement does not apply to recreational campfires.