A fire prevention order signed by BLM State Director John Ruhs makes it illegal to burn explosive materials or use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer ammunition on BLM land in Idaho from May 10 to Oct. 20.
“The goal of the annual fire prevention order is to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires,” Ruhs said. “The BLM appreciates your efforts to protect our public lands, one of our nation’s greatest treasures.”
Any person who knowingly and willfully performs any act restricted by the order could be subject to a fine and held responsible for fire suppression and/or rehabilitation costs.
In 2018, shooting-related fires accounted for about 60 percent of human-caused wildfires on BLM land. These fires were related to ammunition, exploding targets and even shooting at steel-type targets. The Sharps Fire outside of Bellevue is one example.
Additionally, the BLM is promoting a fire education campaign that encourages the public to take proactive measures when target shooting. The campaign Shoot Responsibly-Idaho aims to remind everyone of the simple steps to remember when target shooting. For instance, avoid shooting on hot, dry and windy days and shooting into rocks or metal/steel objects. Place targets in areas free of vegetation.
To read the BLM Idaho 2019 fire prevention order, or for the most recent information concerning wildfires, fire restrictions and fire prevention and education, visit the interagency Idaho Fire Info webpage, idahofireinfo.com/.