Idahoans reconsidering Labor Day travel because of wildfires

Gas prices are providing relief, but wildfires and weather could put a damper on travel.

Labor Day is typically the last big camping weekend of the summer.  If you're planning a trip this holiday weekend there are some restrictions and closures in place around the area because of the Pioneer Fire you should know about.

Lots of Idahoans are ready to hit the road but weather and wildfire conditions could have some reconsidering their plans.

The Pioneer Fire has burned close to 180,000 acres and continues to churn out smoke -- diminishing air quality at popular Labor Day camp sites. The burned area is now three times the size of Boise with containment now at just 52 percent.

Heading into the weekend there is good news for firefighters as cooler temperatures are expected near the fire and the chance of precipitation is predicted to increase through Sunday.

But with the cooler temperatures comes a temptation for campers to burn campfires in areas that have been ruled off limits.

"We still do not want fires out there, as far as going out along a stream or off the road and just building rocks, that's a no no," said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Jerry Rohnert.

Campfires need to be set in designated campgrounds within marked fire rings. Campers that ignore the rules will face a heavy punishment.

"It's roughly a $5,000 fine and/or a year in jail," said Rohnert.

The BLM and Forest Service say they will have extra eyes on the campsites this weekend, so if you think you won't get caught even if you're deep in the forest, you better think twice!

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