Alerts & Notices

ALERTS & CLOSURES

Middle Fork Boise River - Black Warrior - County Road to Atlanta

 

Boise National Forest managers ask visitors to please recreate responsibly.

Reminder - Forest campgrounds usually open from Memorial weekend until late July depending on weather, elevation and snow levels.

 

COVID-19​ Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates

National Forests in Idaho COVID-19 related closures only: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d0588d7e48ee430da80c5ad88c48b43d

 

2020 List of Fall Campground Closures

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2020 LIST OF SPRING CAMPGROUND OPENING DATES   (Will be updated in spring of 2021)

 

 

For all Boise National Forest Closures visit the interactive Closure Story Map

https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=1b9f2d8115374ad3a943d95decd3835d

 

 

A fire flame and wording for website

 

For more information about fire restrictions throughout Idaho:  

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/

4-24-2020 Currently there are no fire restrictions in effect

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Equipment along the road working on repairs

 

 

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

 

 

7-17-2020- 7-17-2021 - 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:  R4-2020-02)

VIEW THE ORDER. 

 

7-17-2020 - 7-17-2021 - ALERT - Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited on National Forest lands administered as National Forests with the Intermountain Region. 

2. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engines without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order are prohibited on National Forest lands. (Order number:  R4-2020-01)

VIEW THE ORDER

 

 

1-15-2020- Revised- The Forest Service is reinstating the Over-Snow restrictions that are not covered by the Motor Vehicle Use Map.  (0402-00-56)

The Forest Service is reinstating 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. (1-15-2020) The order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until April 30, 2023, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW THE ORDER

 

 

Photo of a road ditched and covered with water

 

 

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

 

 

Cascade Ranger District Closures 208-382-7400

 

10-14-2020 – Cascade Ranger District has REVISED the temporary closure within Buck Fire area 

The Cascade Ranger District has REVISED the temporary closure within Buck Fire area to the new Version 4 (0402-04-88.)

The Road described is closed to motor vehicles in order to provide for public safety from damage to the road caused by the Buck Fire.

This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until November 30, 2020, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. 

VIEW THE REVISED CLOSURE

VIEW THE REVISED MAP

VIEW THE TERMINATION OF CLOSURE ORDER  (0402-04-87)

 

 

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

 

 

STOLLE ROAD IS OPEN AND REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED -  UPDATES

8-1-2020 -  Cascade Ranger District -  Stolle Road Closure  (0402-04-78, 82 and 83) HAVE BEEN TERMINATED.

7-1-2020 View Stolle Update

6-2-2020 View Stolle Update 

5-12-20 View Stolle Update

11-18-2019 VIEW UPDATE #4

9-16-2019 VIEW UPDATE #3

8-19-2019 VIEW UPDATE #2

8-5-2019 VIEW UPDATE #1

 

 

8-13-2014 - The Cascade Ranger District - Road Closure NFS Road #478 (Rice Creek Road) is closed till further notice for public safety due to road damage and washouts.  (0402-04-62.) 

VIEW ORDER AND MAP

VIEW NEWS RELEASE

 

 

 

 Photo of road damage due to mud and flood

 

 

Mountain Home Ranger District Closures  208-587-7961

 

10-15-2020 THIS ORDER HAS BEEN TERMINATED EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 15, 2020

The Boise NF and Sawtooth NF have REVISED the temporary closure of the Grouse Fire area, roads and trails

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST, MOUNTAIN HOME RANGER DISTRICT, SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST AND FAIRFIELD RANGER DISTRICT have REVISED the temporary closure of roads and trails within the Grouse Fire area to provide for public safety during wildfire suppression activities.

This Order will be in effect from September 25, 2020 through October 15, 2020, unless rescinded by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-01-94)

 

 

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)

 

 

photo of a logging truck leaving Pioneer logging sale

 

 

Idaho City Ranger District Closures  208-392-6681

 

9-2-2020 Idaho City Ranger District closes NFS road 364 (Grimes Creek) and 261  

The Idaho City RD of the Boise National Forest will temporarily close access to all public entry along National Forest System road and area 364 (Grimes Creek.)

The Area and Roads are closed to all public entry to provide resource rehabilitation and address ongoing human sanitation issues.  (0402-03-100)

This Order will be in effect from September 1, 2020 at 00:01 A.M. and shall remain in effect until September 01, 2021 at 00:01 A.M. Unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW NEWS RELEASE

VIEW CLOSURE ORDER

VIEW REVISED CLOSURE MAP

 

 

10-3-2020 Idaho City Ranger District has terminated closure of NFS road 384

The Idaho City RD of the Boise National Forest has removed the temporary closure of public entry along National Forest System road and area 384 (Edna Creek.) The purpose was for public safety while maintenance crews are able to repair sections of road. (0402-03-99)

This Order was in effect from September 8, 2020 and was terminated October 03, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. 

VIEW THE ORDER

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

8-10-2020 Idaho City Ranger District has temporarily closed NFS road 385

The Idaho City RD of the Boise National Forest had temporarily closed access to all motor vehicles along National Forest System road 385 (Banner Creek) due to road failure. The purpose of the closure is to provide for public safety during the road failure. (0402-03-94)

This Order will be in effect December 31,2019 and shall remain in effect until December 31, 2020 unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW THE ORDER

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

 

Photo of Rock Creek burned area

 

 

Lowman Ranger District Closures  208-259-3361

 

7-1-2020 Update - Kirkham Hot Springs will closed beginning at 5:00 P.M. on May 21, 2020 and shall remain in effect through 2020 or until rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.  The Hot Springs is open for Day Use ONLY from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.  No overnight camping at Kirkham. People cannot drive into the campground.  The gate is closed.  They can walk in. (0402-05-85)

5-21-2020 – Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed Kirkham Campground and Hot Spring

The Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed Kirkham Campground and Hot Spring area to all public entry.  The purpose of the order to provide for public safety due to hazards associated with the COVID-19 virus.

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

5-21-2020 – Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed Mountain View Campground

The Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed Mountain View Campground to all public entry.  The purpose of the order is provide for public safety during reconstruction of the campground.

This Order will be in effect beginning at 5:00 P.M. on May 21, 2020 and shall remain in effect through December 1, 2020, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.  (0402-05-84)

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

Emmett Ranger District   208-365-7000

 

9-21-20 Sage Hen Recreation area has been reopened - The closure order has been terminated.   VIEW THE TERMINATION.

VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE

8-18-2020 – Emmett Ranger District has temporarily EXTENDED closure of Sage Hen Recreation Area and Roads including portions of NFS Roads #609, #622, #626, all of Roads #614, #614I and #614J  (0402-06-47)  The purpose of the closure was for Public Safety, Fuels Reduction and Resource Protection.This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect through October 1, 2020, at 00:01 AM, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. 

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

Closure orders (0402-06-43, 44, 45,46 and 47) have been TERMINATED.

 

 

Photo of an airplane called a scooper dropping water

 

 

 

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

4-1-2020 Currently there are no fire restrictions within the Boise NF.

 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

VIEW BNF DESIGNATED CAMPING AREAS

Frequently asked questions concerning implementation of fire restrictions

 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTICES

 

Photo of a drone

 

 

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


  • 10-14-2020 - REVISED CLOSURE Cascade RD has temporarily closed Buck Fire Road
  • TERMINATED 10-15-2020 Boise NF and Sawtooth NF REVISED - Grouse Fire Closure
  • 9-2-2020 Idaho City Ranger District closes NFS road 364 (Grimes Creek) and 261
  • TERMINATED - 10-3-2020- Idaho City RD closure of NFS road 384
  • TERMINATED 8-18-2020 – Emmett RD has temporarily EXTENDED closure of Sage Hen
  • 8-10-2020 Idaho City Ranger District has temporarily closed NFS road 385
  • TERMINATED 6-16-2020 – Emmett RD has temporarily extended closure
  • TERMINATED 6-16-2020 – Emmett RD has temporarily extended closure

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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