A message from Mayor Aymon:
Dear McCall Residents,
You may have noticed the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of one of the worst fire seasons in history. As evidenced by the smoke, fire is all around us. Thankfully, we have fire fighters and fire managers in our midst who are looking out for us the best they can.
We in McCall, need to count our lucky stars that we have thus far dodged a bullet. I say “thus far” because we are not out of the woods. The wind might shift, lightning could strike or a cigarette could be carelessly tossed into the weeds and we would be packing, ready to evacuate in spite of the resources in town. Remember our firefighting crews and equipment may be based in McCall, but they are often fighting fires far from home.
I know everyone is aware of our fire risk, but I also understand that folks in town are up to their eyeballs in work, family, visitors and stress, and sometimes don’t have minute to think about fire. You may or may not know that McCall was designated as a Firewise community, the first in Valley, Adams and Idaho County. Just last week, Rio Vista was also recognized as a Firewise neighborhood. Firewise is a voluntary federal educational program that encourages neighborhoods and towns to reduce their risk of wild fire. Being designated as a Firewise Community is a first step and gives us tools for a fire mitigation toolbox. It is up to residents to use the tools and continue the effort.
STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS
The City of McCall is under Stage I fire restrictions along with the rest of Valley County. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited on all public lands except within an agency designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure. Private residents can still use their backyard fire pits as long as they meet certain criteria. Acceptable guidelines for a fire pit are: 25 feet from a structure, the pit must be at minimum 2 feet in height and 3 feet in width with a means of extinguishment (hose). No other open burning is allowed under Stage I fire restrictions.
Secondly, smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
Please take a moment to thank a firefighter, check out the Firewise website, follow the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to the letter, like the Payette Forest Facebook page and do all that you can to protect your family, property and community. It is up to all of us to do what we can to protect the jewel of Idaho.
Jackie J. Aymon
Mayor, City of McCall