A burn ban covering most of Payette County goes into effect on July 12 and continues until Oct. 1.

The Payette County Board of Commissioners approved the burn ban, which was requested by Payette Rural Fire Chief Steve Castenada, New Plymouth Rural Fire Chief Allen Blevins, and Sand Hollow Rural Fire Chief Toby Robinson.

The ban does not include the City of Fruitland.

The burn ban dates currently match those for Ontario, but the Oct. 1 ending date could be changed, based on changing conditions.

During the ban period, farmers and ditch companies will still be permitted to burn weeds, and most campfires will also be allowed. Before openly burning on ag ground, however, landowners should contact either Castenada at (208) 642-6028 or Payette County Dispatch at (208) 642-6006 extension 1175. For burn permits in the City of Payette, residents should contact Payette City Hall at (208) 642-6024 or go to the Payette City Fire Department’s website at http://www.payettedps.com/pfd/

Use of burn barrels is not permitted during the burn ban.

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