The Idaho Department of Agriculture has lifted a burn ban imposed after the region was covered in smoke though the source of the fumes is unknown. The smoke began drifting over the area in mid-September, especially blanketing the Moscow area which prohibits open burning. Even if the source is eventually pinpointed, there are no state laws against field burning which farmers say is needed to prompt bluegrass fields to produce more seed next year. We're still trying to identify the area; apparently there were three small fields in Benewah County on tribal ground,' said Curt Thornberg of the state department. 'It was an approved burn day but these three small fields got away and the fire got into some timber.' This is the first season of self-regulation by Idaho growers hoping to avert a statewide ban. Farmers must register fields they wish to burn with the state and receive permission to burn on days when air quality is clear enough to allow it. No burning is allowed on weekends or holidays.
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