Boise National Forest: What parts are open or closed this weekend?
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Planning on spending time in Idaho's great outdoors this Labor Day weekend? Even though only one active fire currently remains, the busy fire season and record-dry conditions have led to some area closures and fire restrictions still in place.
The following areas are closed:
- Trinity Lakes Recreation Area
- South Fork Boise River: the road is open, however adjacent area is closed.
- Middle Fork Boise Road: the road is open below the closure point for the Little Queens Fire. Public land north of the road is open, but the south side is closed to the Forest boundary near Arrowrock Reservoir.
The following areas are open:
- Forest Service Road 172 from Featherville to Forest Road 129 (Forest Road 129 south to Trinity Lakes Recreation Area is closed due to a burned bridge)
- Lower Middle Fork Boise River Road from the Swanholm/Phifer Road junction.
- North Fork Boise River Road system
- Edna Creek Road
- Payette River Road System (includes North, Middle and South Forks)
- Bear Valley/Bull Trout Lake
- Stanley/Landmark Road
A Closure Order remains on portions of the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests due to the Little Queens Fire.
Elmore County has closed the James Creek Road from Rocky Bar north.
A Closure Order remains in place for public land in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complexes. All county roads and most forest roads within the Pine-Featherville area are open. However, the public cannot walk, drive or recreate on National Forest lands within the area closure.
For Closure area details, please visit: www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/home or call 384-3266.
The Little Queens Fire is estimated at 23,324 acres and 20% contained. Fire behavior on Wednesday was diminished. Crews are securing and mopping up control lines on the south flank near Atlanta. Structure protection measures in and around the community, such as hoses and pumps, are being removed. The west and northwest flanks have potential to grow but should run into previously burned areas.
Little Queens fire information is available at www.inciweb.org/incident/3681 or by calling 877-372-8882.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in effect.
Campfires are allowed only in Forest Service developed structures in a campground.
Scattered across the forest are some metal rings in dispersed sites (not campgrounds). These are NOT legal while restrictions are in place. Rock rings are also not legal.
The general guideline is campfires are allowed only in fee campgrounds.
For details about the Stage I fire restrictions currently in effect please visit www.blm.gov/id.