Due to the increasing number of wildfires in the area and concern for public safety, a temporary emergency wildfire closure has been issued for all public lands north of I-90, south of Forest Road 332, east of Highway 95 and west of the Idaho/Montana border. This emergency closure includes all National Forest System lands, Bureau of Land Management lands, and state endowment forest lands within the described boundaries. The emergency closure will start at 12:01 am, on Sunday August 30, 2015 in order to allow time for members of the public to remove any trailers, hunting equipment or other property currently left on federal lands within the new closure area. (Closure Map)
A new food storage order enacted in October 2011 requires food storage practices on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake, and portions of the Sandpoint Ranger District to reduce the potential for human-wildlife conflicts. For specific information on the new requirements please see the Idaho Panhandle’s Food Storage Web Page.
Every Friday starting in the spring and continuing through the Fourth of July we post the status of selected roads. We recommend that you check here and/or contact the appropriate Forest Service office before venturing into the woods.