11-8-2013 Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7

Release Date: Nov 7, 2013  

Contact(s): Mountain Home RD - 208-587-7961


 

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho – The current widespread Forest closure for areas in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complex fires will be revised and significantly reduced effective Wednesday, November 7 at noon.

 

The new closed areas now include the generally described areas below and include only public lands:

  • Dog Creek area (east of the Pine Featherville Road) for all entry
  • The Wilson Creek Trail System for mechanized and motorized vehicle use
  • The Danskin Mountain OHV Area for mechanized and motorized vehicle use, but open for foot and horse use 

 

The Danskin and Wilson Creek trails and immediate area have significant soil and infrastructure damage from the fire and September mud slides. Trail issues include tread, culverts and bridges burned or washed out, along with plant and tree roots that burned leaving depressions on the trail surfaces.

 

All other areas of the burned area are now open.  Open areas include the South Fork Boise River, downstream from the Anderson Ranch Dam.  Recreation along the river corridor is open to day use only, and overnight use is prohibited.  Floaters are advised that the river has substantially changed with new channels, flows and large trees in the river.  

 

A specific legal description and map of the closure is enclosed and will be posted on the Elk Complex inciweb site at www.inciweb.org and the Boise National Forest webpage.

 

All private land within the remaining closed areas is open and not effected by the revised closure.  Popular roads open include Blacks Creek Road (Forest Road 189), South Fork Boise River Road, Falls Creek Road from the Anderson Dam upriver to Pine, and the Pine Featherville Road (Highway 61).

 

The public is reminded to use caution when traveling roads or trails in the newly opened areas. Unstable soils may result in flash floods as exhibited in mid-September when heavy rain produced significant mud slides, and falling trees or rocks. People should not park in drainages, near trees, and be very aware of weather forecasts with high rainfall or winds.

  

For details, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.

View the Closure Order.     View the Vicinity Map.    View the Topo Map with more detail of roads.

 

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