Open fires at Fish and Game’s Horsethief Reservoir and its associated campsites will be prohibited beginning Friday, August 11 until further notice by order of the department. The prohibition aligns with Stage 1 fire restrictions set for implementation on August 11 by the Idaho Department of Lands, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. This prohibition does not include gas stoves which are still allowed at Horsethief.
Wildfires continue to burn across Idaho, and wildfire danger remains very high.
Horsethief’s campsites currently have no approved fire pits in place, though their installation is planned for this fall. “With dry conditions, the threat of wildfire in the area is just too great,” Fish and Game recreational site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy said. “The campfire ban at Horsethief will be lifted when the fire risk subsides.”
Horsethief Reservoir is located nine miles east of Cascade, and is operated primarily as a rainbow trout fishing water. It is also a popular camping location.