Alerts & Notices

ALERTS & CLOSURES

Photo of a road ditched and covered with water

 

 

Please check the Alerts & Notices page before your trip to the Boise National Forest. Simply knowing the Forest Orders, current conditions, alerts, and closures prepares you for a pleasurable outdoor experience with no surprises! This webpage provides current information about restrictions, closures, fire conditions, alerts and advisories.

 

 

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For more information about fire restrictions throughout Idaho:  

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/

 

 

BURN PERMITS

The fire burn permit is free and required under Idaho law for any burning outside city limits statewide (excluding campfires) from May 10 through October 20. However, some cities and other jurisdictions - including local or county fire departments, Idaho DEQ, Tribal Reservations, and others - may have additional or alternate permit systems in place. Please review website. http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/

For questions regarding burn permits, contact the Idaho Department of Lands Fire Management Bureau at this Contact link. If after hours or no answer, please contact your local Fire Department or Sherriff's office.

 

Photo of water running over a road - washing away part of the road

 

 

Check daily weather conditions...

Also check weather at: http://www.weather.gov/boi/

Idaho State Highways can be closed with weather events check for avalanches at: http://www.avalanche.org/

View road web cams:  http://lb.511.idaho.gov/idlb/cameras/routeselect.jsf?view=state&text=m&textOnly=false

For Information on potential highway weather related closures and restrictions, visit the http://www.511.idaho.gov/ page.

 

 

EMERGENCY - CALL:  911.

Most of the Boise National Forest has no cell phone coverage.  Be prepared to spend the night with plenty of food and water.

Boise NF - Supervisor's Office -208-373-4100 / Interagency Visitor Center - 208-373-4007 / Boise Dispatch - 208-384-3398

 

 

7-5-2017- 7-5-2020 - ALERT - All explosives and exploding targets are prohibited on National Forest Service lands administered as National Forests within the Intermountain Region.

Attached is the regional order prohibiting exploding targets and other explosives. (Order number:  R4-2020-01)

VIEW the ORDER. 

 

 

12-14-2017 - ALERT - The Forest Service is Withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map for the Boise National Forest   (0402-00-54)

The Forest Service is withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM) for the Boise National Forest that was published Feb. 11, 2016, under 36 CFR 212 Subpart C, effective immediately.  (12-14-2017) The OSVUM shall have no further force or effect.

VIEW NEWS RELEASE

VIEW THE ORDER

 

 

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FOREST ROAD, TRAIL and AREA CLOSURES BY DISTRICTS (5)

 

 

Cascade Ranger District Closures

208-382-7400

 

 

1-1-2018 - Cascade Ranger District has temporarily closed Yellow Jacket Trail - NFS trail 101

Effective 1-1-2018 - Order  #0402-04-77 replaced expired Order 0402-04-73.

The Cascade Ranger District has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) trail 101 to motorized vehicles for public safety due to a failed bridge. This order will be in effect from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-77).

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

8-5-2019 – Cascade Ranger District has temporarily closed segments of National Forest System (NFS) roads 427 and 489.1

The Cascade Ranger District has temporarily closed segments of NFS roads 427 and 489 (during specific times) to all motor vehicles in order to provide for public safety during road construction work. This order will be in effect from August 5, 2019 at 8 a.m. and shall remain in effect through December 1, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-82).

Please view closure for times and dates for northern and southern segments.

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

8-5-2019 - Cascade Ranger District - Stolle Meadows Project

Stolle Meadows Roadway Reconstruction Project (National Forest System road 427) - begins August 5 and remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2020

9-16-2019 VIEW UPDATE #3

8-19-2019 VIEW UPDATE #2

8-5-2019 VIEW UPDATE #1

VIEW ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE

12-19-2017 Stolle Meadows - CLOSURE OF 474 ROAD HAS BEEN REVISED.  (0402-04-78)

Closure will remain in effect through December 31, 2020 unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW REVISED CLOSURE

VIEW REVISED MAP

The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) Road 474 from the Warm Lake Highway (NFS Road 22) to the junction of NFS Roads 474 and 427 for public health and safety. Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.54 (e), this order is in effect when signed and will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2020, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. High snowpack and increased precipitation saturated the roadway causing it to give way in three places above the South Fork of the Salmon River. The largest slide is approximately 50 feet long and will require extensive work to repair.

 

 

 Photo of road damage due to mud and flood

 

 

Mountain Home Ranger District Closures

208-587-7961

 

1-1-2018 - Mountain Home RD has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) road 159B

Effective 1-1-2018 - Order #0402-01-83 has replaced expired Order 0402-01-71.

The Mountain Home Ranger District has temporarily closed NFS road 159B for public safety due to a road failure.  This order will be in effect from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-01-83). 

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

April 6, 2015  - 2020 Mountain Home RD Additional Trail Closures remain in effect until further notice.

A portion of National Forest System Trail 045 (Roaring River) and a portion of National Forest System Trail 122 (William Pogue) trails are closed.

VIEW CLOSURE AND MAP (0402-01-59)

 

 

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Idaho City Ranger District Closures

208-392-6681

 

7-2-2019 – Idaho City RD has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) trail 586

The Idaho City Ranger District has temporarily closed NFS trail 586 to all public entry in order to provide for public safety during timber operations along the Trail. This order will be in effect from July 8, 2019 through September 30, 2019 unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-03-93). 

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

6-4-2018 – Idaho City Ranger District temporarily closes NFS roads #311K and 311K1

The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) roads 311K and 311K1 to all motor vehicles. The order goes into effect June 4, 2018, and shall remain in effect through Sept. 15, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. The road is temporarily closed to all motorized vehicles to provide for public health and safety due to work activity in the area. (0402-03-88) 

VIEW CLOSURE

VIEW MAP

 

 

1-1-2018 - The Idaho City Ranger District has temporarily closed segments of National Forest System (NFS) road 385 along Banner Creek due to road failure. 

Effective 1-1-2018 - Order #0402-03-82 - (385) closure replaced expired Order 0402-03-76.

Revised order will be in effect from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-03-82)

VIEW THE ORDER (0402-03-82) - 385

VIEW THE MAP - ( 0402-03-82) - 385

 

 

 

 

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Lowman Ranger District Closures

208-259-3361

 

Temporary closures planned for roads to Red Mountain and within the Rock Creek area of the Lowman Ranger District  

The Boise National Forest wants to inform the public that a number of roads in the Lowman Ranger District will have temporary closures planned for hazard tree felling beginning the second week in September through the end of the month. The worked will be completed by a private contractor.

The contractor is expected to begin the felling work on National Forest System (NFS) 515 and then move into the Rock Creek area. They will work on NFS road 594 and then continue through the Rock Creek road system and end with NFS road 551. When a road is completed the Forest is expected to reopen it for public access.

Temporary National Forest System road closures scheduled include:

  • TERMINATED 9-12-2019 - NFS road 515 which leads to the Red Mountain trailhead north of Lowman: Sept. 9 - Sept. 23
    The road closure will also temporarily restrict access to the west end of the Red Mtn. trailhead.   /  VIEW THE MAP - Road open 9-12-2019

  • NFS roads 594, 594A road system and 551 within the Rock Creek drainage west of Lowman:
    Sept. 9-Sept. 30. Work is expected to begin on NFS road 594 first.   VIEW CLOSURE ORDER  /  VIEW THE MAP

          8-22-2019 - VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE

 

 

Forest road 579 temporary closure planned - 8-14-2019 VIEW NEWS RELEASE

9-5-2019 Reminder - NEWS RELEASE - Forest road 579 will be temporarily closed Sept. 16-29

The Boise National Forest - (Lowman Ranger District) wants to let visitors know that Forest road 579 is scheduled to have a temporary closure from Sept. 16 – Sept. 29, 2019 to replacing an existing culvert with a larger one called an Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) structure. The planned AOP will accommodate post fire flows or runoff as a result of the Bearskin Fire. When awarded, the work will be managed by Valley County and a local contractor.

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

Emmett Ranger District

208-365-7000

 

7-22-2019 – Emmett RD has temporarily closed Sage Hen Gravel Pit

The Emmett Ranger District temporarily closed Sage Hen Gravel Pit to all public entry in order to provide for public safety due to hazards associated with rock crushing operations.

This order will be in effect from August 4, 2019 through November 15, 2019 unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-06-42). View details of the closure on the Alerts and Notices page.

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

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WILDFIRE INFORMATION

ALL LARGE WILDFIRE INFORMATION WITHIN THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST IS POSTED TO: INCIWEB.

INCIWEB is used for information about wildfires primarily over 100 acres in size.  To locate Boise National Forest fire information click on the State dropdown link and then choose Idaho.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Boise NF Supervisor's Office - 208-373-4100 (weekdays)

 

 

IDAHO - FIRE RESTRICTIONS WEBSITE

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

VIEW BNF DESIGNATED CAMPING AREAS

Frequently asked questions concerning implementation of fire restrictions

 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTICES

 

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PLEASE DO NOT FLY DRONES IN OR NEAR THE FIRE AREA.  IF YOU FLY WE CAN’T! 

 

 

 

Floating South Fork Boise River Alert

Alert - Use Caution - Floating South Fork Boise River

Please use caution if you plan on floating the South Fork Boise River.  The South Fork Boise River, located in a large roadless area, is a changing river due to mud slides and rock deposits following large fires. Rafters need to be aware and prepared for changeable rapids. The Buffalo Creek rapid, which used to be a Class 3, is now a Class 5 Rapid.  Please view the video and use extreme caution!

 

 

Additional 2014 - 2019 ROAD CLOSURES: 

Alert - A few roads that were washed out in 2014 may still be closed and may not be repaired in the future.

Check with the Ranger District before heading to the areas shown in the news release.

VIEW NEWS RELEASE.

 

Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (a) gives each Forest Supervisor the authority to issue orders which close or restrict use of the of described areas within the area over which he/she has jurisdiction. An order may close an area to entry or may restrict the use of an area by applying any or all of the prohibitions authorized in Title 36, Part 261, Subpart B, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

 

                           

Alerts


  • 7-5-2017 thru 7-5-2020 Exploding Targets and other explosives Order
  • TERMINATED - 9-21-2018 - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions implemented for Boise NF
  • 12-14-2017 Boise NF Withdraws Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map
  • TERMINATED 9-17-2017 - Boise NF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
  • TERMINATED - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be lifted
  • TERMINATED - 8-1-2016 Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented
  • 3-15-2016 Cascade RD SFSalmon River Road Weight Restrictions Order # 0402-04-54
  • TERMINATED - 9-11-2015 Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Terminated

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Closures


  • TERMINATED 5-8-2019 Emmett RD Temporarily closes Hardscrabble Campground
  • 8-5-2019 Cascade RD temp. closure of segments of 474 and 489.1 roads
  • 7-22-2019 Emmett RD has temporarily closed Sage Hen Gravel Pit
  • TERMINATED - Idaho City Ranger District temporarily closes NFS road #393
  • TERMINATED - 7-12-2019 Emmett RD has temporarily closed a portion of road 653
  • 7-2-2019 – Idaho City RD has temporarily closed National Forest System trail 586
  • TERMINATED 6-15-2019 - MT. Home RD has temporarily closed 128, 129, 118 & 31
  • TERMINATED 5-20-2019 The Idaho City RD has temporarily closed NFS road 386

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Conditions

Current Forest Conditions

Call the Districts for updated information and conditions before heading out.




https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices