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Fire Restrictions in Central Idaho

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August 8, 2017

Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

in Central Idaho

McCall, Idaho – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette Dispatch Area beginning at 00:01 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 and will remain in effect until October 1, 2017 unless rescinded earlier by the jurisdictional agencies.   These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).  Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be in effect within the Payette Fire Restriction Area.  This area includes the Payette National Forest (excluding the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness), Idaho State Lands, Boise and Cottonwood BLM Field Offices and private lands in central Idaho.   For a detailed map of the Payette Fire Restriction Area see below and visit:


Fire, fuels and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restrictions can be rescinded or additional restrictions issued if conditions warrant.  The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their attention to fires in Idaho so far this season and ask for their help in preventing any future unwanted fire with drying fuels and hotter temperatures expected to continue into this fall.


Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent land owner-provided structure. (See liquid petroleum fueled stove exemption below).
  • Smoking, outside an enclosed vehicle or building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.


The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • Persons with a written special use authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
  • Persons using a stove or grill that is fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
  • Persons using a stove fire (a fire built inside a fully enclosed metal stove, grill, or sheep herder type stove that is outfitted with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length that is equipped with a spark arrester consisting of a mesh screen with screen opening of 1/4 inch or less).
  • Persons using metal fire pans (sides must be 3 inches high with a metal grate on top) within ¼ mile of the Main Salmon River. Pack-out of ashes is required.
  • Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  • All land within a city boundary is exempt.

With the volume of wildfires burning throughout central Idaho, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors.  Idahoans are also reminded that the use of fireworks are prohibited on forest and range lands in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20).


Please visit for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.



Payette National Forest Designated areas: campfires are allowed in permanent Forest Service provided fire structures in the following areas on the Payette National Forest.



Krassel RD:   McCall RD:   Council RD:
Big Creek Campground   Kennally Creek Campground   Cabin Creek Campground
Ponderosa Campground   Paddy Flat Campground   Big Flat Campground
Buckhorn Bar Campground, all loops   Upper Payette Lake Campground   Evergreen Campground
Lafferty Campground
Secesh Campground   Burgdorf Campground   Hornet Picnic Area
Camp Creek Campground   Chinook Campground   Huckleberry Campground
Four Mile Campground   Lake Fork Campground   Sheep Rock Recreation Site
Poverty Campground   Ruby Meadow Campsite (3 sites)    
Old East Fork Road Campsites
Deadman Campsites   Pete Creek/Three Mile Trailhead (9 sites)   Weiser RD:
Split Creek/Cow Creek Campsites Buck Park Cabin
Indian Point Campsites   Jeanette Campground   Brownlee Campground
Lick Creek Trailhead   Lake Fork Cabin   Justrite Campground
Reed Ranch Campsites   Paddy Flat Cabin   Kiwanis Campground
    California Lake   Paradise Campground
        Spring Creek Campground
New Meadows RD:        
Goose Lake Campsites (3 sites)        
Granite Lake Campsite        
Yantis Ditch (2 sites)        
Smokey Boulder Road Campsites (13 sites)        
Hazard Lakes Campground        
Grouse Campground        
Last Chance Campground        
Cold Springs Campground        
Hard Creek Horse Camp

Lost Valley Reservoir (7 sites)

Lower Lost Valley (7 sites)



Campfires are prohibited in all other locations on the Payette National Forest except as otherwise noted above.

Read it and dream!


The  McCall In Motion Comprehensive Plan update Draft
is now available for public review and comment.

Draft Comprehensive Plan Now Online!
Read, dream and take the survey! >

A draft of the McCall In Motion Comprehensive Plan update is now available online for public review and comment. The City has been working tirelessly on an update to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan. Throughout August, we would like your comments and feedback to make this Plan even better!

To submit comments you can use the online survey available on

You are also welcome to submit comments in writing (by mail or email) to the Community Development Department at:

Michelle Groenevelt, Community Development Director Or by mail to: Michelle Groenevelt, City of McCall, 216 East Park Street, McCall, Idaho 83638

McCall Parks and Recreation: Wanted Swimmers and Safety Boaters for Mile High Mile Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 19th is our annual Mile High Mile Swim. Join us in this event as a swimmer, safety boater, or spectator. If interested in volunteering as a safety boater call McCall Recreation at 634-8991. If interested in participating as a swimmer register at City Hall or WANTED

U.S. 95 Construction Update

Construction Update – August 3, 2017


Crews continue to work on the Mill Creek, Lester Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Creek bridges. It is anticipated that work on the Weiser River and Mill Creek bridges will begin after Labor Day.

The project includes removal and replacement of eight bridges on U.S. 95 in Adams County between Cambridge and New Meadows. Construction continues through November.

Work zone lane reductions will be in place during the August 21 solar eclipse. Please allow for extra travel time or choose an alternate route.

In Each Work Zone:
• Traffic is reduced to one lane
• Loads are restricted to 11 feet wide
• Shoulders are closed
• Speed limit is reduced to 35 miles per hour in each work zone

For more information:

Visit the project website at:

Contact 511:

Lynda Friesz-Martin
Your Safety. Your Mobility. Your Economic Opportunity.

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4 Seats available on McCall City Council-here are the tools you need to run.

City Council will have 4 seats available for election in 2017.
Open seats include:

  • One, Two-year term
  • Three, Four-year terms


Applications for submission will be accepted beginning, August 28th and ends, September 8th.


Candidates are required to certify on their Declaration of Candidacy that they are qualified to hold the office, meaning they are:

  • At least 18 years of age,
  • A U.S. citizen,
  • The candidate’s primary residence must be within the city,
  • The address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and
  • The candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.


  • The candidate’s name will appear on the ballot exactly as it is written on the Declaration of Candidacy.  If the candidate wishes to have their nickname on the ballot, it should be in quotes between their first and last name (e.g. George “Skeeter” Johnson).
  • The candidate can choose to either get a petition signed by at least 5 registered electors or pay a $40 filing fee.
  • Candidates must choose to run for a two or four year seat as available and may not run for more than one.
  • 2017 2 year term Candidate Filing Forms
  • 2017 4 year term Candidate Filing Forms

Bessie Jo Wagner takes the seat as Interim City Manager

BessieJo Head shot.pngThis week, Bessie Jo Wagner, begins her role as McCall Interim City Manger, replacing Nathan Coyle. Since 2008, Bessie Jo Wagner, City Clerk, has served the City of McCall. She has proven herself knowledgeable in many aspects of the code requirements, processes and practices.  Mrs. Wagner will add the City Manager role to her Clerk operations with the support of city staff.

Open Office hours will continue. Bessie Jo Wagner is available to hear citizen comments or concerns on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm.

To contact Bessie Jo Wagner directly or schedule an appointment, please call 208-634-1003 or email

McCall Parks and Recreation Trips and Tours: Monastery of St. Gertrude Raspberry Festival

This coming weekend Sunday, August 6th, register for this fun trip.  Travel with us to the Monastery of St. Gertrude for the Raspberry Festival and take part in all the fun activities. Register online or at City Hall. Open to ages 18+. Resident $ 20.00/ non-resident $25 (includes transportation, snacks, and water). View all the events happening at the link below.


If you love pathways, like we love pathways, don’t miss this FUN event!

If you are a biker, a walker, or a runner, don’t miss this fun that celebrates the continued development of our pathways. Kids will go on a pathway adventure scavenger hunt, along with bounce houses, prizes, raffles, and fun. Music! Fun! Pathways!

A Fund-raiser for Valley County Pathways!

***Bring your Bikes or walking shoes and participate!***


Walkers will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Bikers will start at 9:30 a.m.

Behind City of McCall on the PATH!

$5 per person going towards pathway projects!

Costumes encouraged! Be Silly! Be Healthy!
• Distances: 1, 2.5, 5, 10 miles
• Non-competitive event
• Entry fee $5 per person
• Prizes, raffle and swag
• Scavenger hunt for kids
• Bounce house
• Music


Head over and follow the Pathways Projects on Facebook>


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