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Old 03-22-2016, 06:37 PM
Location: So Cal
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Hello there. This is my first post. My wife and I are planning on retiring up your way in a couple years. We are sick of the big city, one party rule and seemingly pro-criminal laws in California. I’ve been all over Idaho in my lifetime, and really like the CDA/Sandpoint areas. Could just as easily go a little west and get a place on some land in the Newport, Wa area. I love to hunt and fish, and that is getting harder and harder to do as my favorite spots are getting closed down south.

Our last daughter is graduating in Oregon this year, so my wife and I are going to make a road trip of it and check out your neighborhoods, so to speak. We will be staying with a friend who lives on a small farm in the Newport area and is a fishing/hunting guide.

I have a question regarding the use of wood-burning stoves. I’ve been monitoring your weather forecasts this winter and have seen MANY “no burn” days. A friend of mine lives in Wallace, and he says those (no burn days) don’t apply to his area, so my question is twofold:
Does the ban apply to the new EPA-approved stoves?
Is there a map somewhere of the closure zone, so we can look for houses outside of it, or is the closure zone a moving target?

My buddy has a ranch in the southern Sierras, and I grew up feeding their stove scrub oak that was cleared from their land. Always said I would have one of those stoves when I retire, though I would imagine oak (and its incredible heat) is in short supply up there.


PS Please don't hate on me for being Californian. Believe me when I tell you I was born to live here.

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Old 03-22-2016, 10:42 PM
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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Explosives are not something that I would play with. We have a lot of trees and cats in this state so, its wise to be careful in my opinion. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:19 PM
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No burn means no burn. Point blank, period. In our old neighborhood apparently they were reported by someone. Not sure what happened with that.

Keep in mind the topography of Boise - it's in a valley protected by mountains and foothills to the north and northeast. This will trap the air and everything that is in the air, creating smog and, in the winter, inversion layers. In the summer smoke from wildfires will be trapped in the valley as well. More pronounced for Boise and the Northend, less so for Meridian, Kuna, and even less so for Nampa.

Generally, people will use wood stoves / fireplaces to heat. I think the burn bans will only be a few days per season, perhaps up to a week or more depending on the air quality. However, it will likely get worse as more people move into the region. Can't do anything about the geography here.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:41 PM
Location: So Cal
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Thank you for the response. I was referring to the CDA area--which is in another bowl. Would a no burn for CDA extend to, say, Sandpoint or Newport?

Anyways, looking forward to someday swapping out my ocean fishing boat for a freshwater one and heating up the barrel of my 22-250 on some of your varmints. Have not been able to use my Varminter since the lead ammo ban closed half the state, and will soon take the rest of it.

And using my skis again!
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:34 PM
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Sandpoint and CDA have separate reports on the DEQ website. I have no idea how far the bans extend as far as area, but I bet you could call or email the DEQ and they'd be able to give you some guidance.

Daily Air Quality Reports and Forecasts - Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
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