Even though about half the state of Idaho seems to have burned down, both federal and state public lands officials have expressed concern about careless use of fire by people recreating on those lands.
Currently, Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place throughout this region. That essentially means (as a short course to the regs) that no fires should be set anywhere other than in an approved fire ring, pit or grill area, and people must make certain those fires are completely out before they leave. The rules are even tougher on smokers. You can find details on the regs on any public lands website or by running a search for "stage 1 fire restrictions idaho."
Unfortunately, far too many people aren't following those rules and, perhaps even more importantly, are simply being sloppy with their campsite fires. You'd have to have been in a cave for the last couple of years not to understand how dangerous and destructive fires can be when they get out of control -- and these days the tiniest spark can set off a fire.
So, if you head out onto the desert or into the mountains to enjoy some end-of-summer recreation, be hyper-conscious -- in fact, downright paranoid -- about fire. You don't want to be the person held liable for all the firefighting costs and losses associated with a major fire.
Be responsible and fire-wise.
-- Kelly Everitt