Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
|Sisters Creek gorge,
a tributary to the St. Joe River.
From the shores of big lakes to the banks of winding rivers, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests create a tapestry of land and water in the handle of North Idaho. The Forest has been and continues to be the lifeline for local communities. Silver, gold and large timber drew settlers to the area. Remnant roads that once led to work now lead to play, and treasures sought are now recreational - water-based activities, winter uses and the traditional hiking, hunting, fishing and gathering....Read more
Stay up to date with current fire information
Wildfire activity is increasing across north Idaho. For the most up to date information visit Inciweb
Widespread wildfires force emergency closures for public safety
Many areas throughout the Idaho Panhandle National Forest have been impacted by emergency wildfire closures. For information on current fire-related area, road and trail closures visit the Wildfire Temporary Closures web page.
Campfire and Smoking Restrictions
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions have been implemented for all lands in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah and Latah Counties. As of July 14, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following: (See the Forest Restriction Order for more information about exceptions.)
- No Fires or use of charcoal. Prohibited: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (Exceptions: Using a fire or stove fire fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices may be used only in an area clear of flammable material.)
- Smoking Prohibited outside a vehicle or building; or you must be within a 3-feet diameter that is clear of all flammable material.
- Cross Country Travel Prohibited:Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails (ATVs, UTVs, Pickups, etc.)
- Chainsaws/Other Equipment: The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and a patrol is required for 1 hour following cessation of all work described below –Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material; using an explosive.