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Traveling to watch the eclipse? Check out this must-have information
August 15, 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse will pass through southeast Idaho around 11:35 am on Monday, August 21. For about 2 minutes, portions of southeast Idaho and western Wyoming will experience totality. Yet, this brief scientific phenomenon is so amazing that visitors from around the globe are chasing it!

Although it is impossible to predict exactly what to expect, most officials agree on the following:

Be safe!

Cell phones may not work due to high usage demand, affecting your ability to make phone calls, access the internet, map directions, and text.

First responders and law enforcement are working diligently to ensure your safety. With the large influx of people, 911 response times may be longer than normal.

Be prepared!

Given the large number of visitors to our region, access to basic supplies might be limited.

Traffic

Most likely, there will be thousands of visitors from the Wasatch Front. Keep in mind that you need to plan far more than the normal 3 – 3 ½ hours of travel time between your home and southeast Idaho.

Remember, too, that there may be even longer delays in surrounding rural communities who have limited road access in and out of their towns.

Fire safety

August is Idaho’s peak fire season. Be extremely careful with cigarettes, campfires, recreational burns, and parking on dry grass.

Burn bans may be in effect. Check idahofireinfo.com for fire restriction areas.

During the eclipse

Special eclipse viewing glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse. If you experience blurry vision, rest your eyes for 15 minutes. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Do not drive if you are experiencing impaired vision.

Be considerate of private property and all signage. Do not block gates or driveways and make sure emergency vehicles can pass.

Get to your viewing location early and prepare to “settle in.” Bring all your supplies to remain there until after the eclipse.