All solid fuel open fires in the unincorporated areas of Bannock County are banned. Designated fire pits, and BBQ grills are still allowed.
All open burning of solid fuels such as wood, paper, or charcoal within the Wildland-Urban Interface areas of Bannock County are banned because of current fire danger. This includes Downey, Arimo, McCammon, Lava, Pocatello Valley, Chubbuck, Pocatello, and North Bannock Fire District.
The use of gas fire pits, appliances designed for food preparation, recreational fires, and portable outdoor fireplaces are exempt from the ban.
Contact the local fire department for questions about the burn ban.
Fort Hall Fire and EMS has issued a burn ban within the boundaries of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and Fire District. Ceremonial fires are still allowed. For more information contact Fort Hall Fire at 208-478-3784.
There are currently no air quality-related restrictions on open burning.
Please check with your local fire protection district before starting any open burning.
- DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please consider using alternate disposal methods.
- Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, please consider your local emergency services may have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.
- Learn more on the Air tab at https://www.deq.idaho.gov/about-us/coronavirus-information/
DEQ recognizes that agriculture-related burning, weed control burning, and prescribed fire are often necessary prior to planting and to reduce fire risk.
If you must burn please burn responsibly by burning only dry material and be safe with fire.