Closure Area Reduced Effective Sat Sept 14
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
The current Forest closure for areas in the vicinity of the Elk Complex fire was revised September 14 and is significantly reduced.
With the recent storm event in the South Fork Boise River and Anderson Ranch Reservoir area delays will occur for planned openings in the immediate South Fork Boise River area but previously closed areas to the north are open.
The new closure now covers the following generally described area below and includes only public lands:
- South and east of Prairie going east on Forest Road 116 to Forest Road 128 (Meadow Creek Road) to junction with Forest Road 129 (Fall Creek Road) then north to Bear Hole then southeast along Forest Trail 176 (which is closed) to Forest Trail 172 (closed) and north to Forest Trail 270 (closed) and then east along the trail to Pine-Featherville Road (open) then south and west along the road to Anderson Ranch Dam then south and west along the Forest Boundary to the junction with Blacks Creek Road then east on Blacks Creek Road (open) to the Hale Bridge then east along the South Fork Boise River (the river is closed) to Danskin Bridge then north on Forest Road 121 (open) to the junction with Forest Road 116.
- The Danskin Mountain OHV Area will remain closed due to significant soil damage and infrastructure damage on many trails that were affected by the fire. Trail issues include culverts and bridges burned along with plant and tree roots that have burned leaving depressions on the trail surfaces. This is likely to be a long term closure.
A specific description and map of the closure is enclosed and a legal notice will be posted on the Boise National Forest webpage.
Due to last weeks storm event the South Fork Boise River will remain closed which will prohibit rafting downstream from the confluence with Arrowrock Reservoir. This is due to the current heavy volume of mud sediment logs and other debris in the river.
“We are very concerned about boaters starting a trip downriver in this isolated and limited communication section of the river ” said Cecilia Seesholtz Boise National Forest Supervisor. “This local area has been hit hard and a lot of work will need to be done to clear the roads and lessen the risks in the river over the upcoming days.”
With the storm event Elmore County has closed the SF Boise River road east of Cow Creek bridge all the way to near Fall Creek due to extensive debris flows that crossed the roads in several places . Some Forest Service roads remain closed within the area closure.
The Trinity Lakes Recreation area is opened but Forest Road 129 just south of the area is closed. All private land within the closure is open and not effected by the revised closure.
Popular roads open include the Middle Fork Boise River Road (Forest Road 268) all the way to Atlanta. In addition the North Fork Boise River Road (Forest Road 327) Blacks Creek Road (Forest Road 189) and Pine Featherville Road (Highway 61) are open.
The public is reminded to use caution when traveling roads or trails in the opened areas. Unstable soils may result in flash floods as exhibited recently along with rolling rocks falling trees or vegetative debris especially along county or forest roads that are open.
“With the volume of mud coming down the creeks from the recent storm event and the potential for more flash floods the public really needs to be aware of hazards ” Seesholtz added. “People should not park in drainages or near trees and be very aware of weather forecasts that call for rain or high winds.”
For details please contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at (208) 587-7961.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been rescinded and campfires outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites are now allowed.