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Starting July 1, 2016, a ban on certain types of fires will be in place for parts of Pocatello.
All open burning of solid fuels such as wood, paper, or charcoal within the Wildland-Urban Interface Areas of the Gate City will be put on hold because of current fire danger and fuel moisture levels. The use of natural gas or propane supplied fire appliances designed for cooking and heating, as well as recreational fires fueled by natural gas or propane are allowed under the restriction. The ban will remain in place until October 1 or until lifted by the Pocatello Fire Department.
All fireworks are also prohibited in the Wildland-Urban Interface Areas.
“All it takes is one stray ember or errant firework to ignite a dangerous, unpredictable and potentially catastrophic wildfire,” says Chief David Gates. “I would like to personally appeal to the residents of Pocatello to take it upon themselves to respect the ban and potentially save the homes and lives of their fellow citizens.”
The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center has listed the current fire danger level in Pocatello at “High.” According to the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center, “High” danger is defined as “Fires start easily and spread at a fast rate. All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes, or in concentrations of fine fuel. Fire may become serious and difficult to control unless they are hit hard and fast while small.”
Residents with questions about the burn ban or fireworks ban can call the Pocatello Fire Department at 234-6201.
A map outlining the Wildland-Urban Interface Areas can be found at pocatello.us/documentcenter/view/2750.