Alerts & Notices

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Please check the Alerts & Notices page before you recreate within 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 Forest information about restrictions, closures, alerts and advisories.

 

 

Boise NF Fall Campground Closure Dates by District

VIEW THE DOCUMENT (Use the percent + zoom tool to see the information more clearly.)

If the campground is closed, that means that there are no longer any services like reservations, campground hosts, fees, trash pick up, water and many of the out-houses and gates will be locked.  Schedule for out-house and gate closures will vary depending on the District. If a gate is locked, you may choose to pack in and pack out of the campground. Please remember to take your trash with you. 

Keep in mind, snow will arrive very soon at the higher elevations. Forest Roads ARE NOT PLOWED and there is NO CELL SERVICE. Call the Districts before you leave for the most current weather and road information. There are no longer Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect, but conditions remain very dry and we ask everyone to continue to be very careful with campfires.  

 

 

Find all Wildfire Information: 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)

 

 

ALERTS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are TERMINATED within Boise National Forest effective September 17, 2021 - VIEW THE TERMINATION

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Boise Fire Restriction Area and the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning at 00:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until September 17, 2021.  

VIEW THE ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE

VIEW THE ORIGINAL ORDER, LIST OF CAMPGROUNDS AND MAP

 

 

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

EMERGENCY - CALL:  911 / Boise NF - Supervisor's Office - 208-373-4100 / Interagency Visitor Center - 208-373-4007 / Boise Dispatch - 208-384-3398

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

Campgrounds begin closing in September also dependent on conditions.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

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 MAP related closures 

 

 

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Boise Forest Interactive Map of Road, Trail and Area Closures

 

 

Regional Orders

 

 

8-2-2021 - 7-17-2026  REGIONAL WEED FREE HAY ORDER

Possessing, storing, or transporting non-pelletized hay, straw, or mulch in the Restricted Areas, unless it is certified as weed free by the state where the product originated is prohibited. While in the Restricted Areas, this certification must be demonstrated by either: the state's required identification on each individual bale or container, or possession of original and current documentation of the state certification. 36 CFR § 261.58(t)

This Order will be effective on August 2, 2021 and shall remain in effect until July 17, 2026 or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first. 04-2021-03

VIEW THE ORDER

 

 

7-16-2021 - 7-17-2026  REGIONAL FIREWORKS AND SPARK ARRESTOR ORDER

1) 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 are prohibited.  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. 

This Order will be effective on July 16, 2021 at 12:01 AM and shall remain in effect until July 17, 2026, or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first.

VIEW THE ORDER AND MAP - 04-2020-01

 

 

7-16-2021 - 7-17-2026  REGIONAL EXPLOSIVES AND EXPLODING TARGETS ORDER 

Using an explosive, which is any chemical compound, mixture, or device that has the primary common purpose of functioning by explosion, including exploding targets are prohibited. 36 CFR § 26 l .52(b)  

This Order will be effective on July 16, 2021 at 12:01 AM and shall remain in effect until July 17, 2026, or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first. 

VIEW THE ORDER AND MAP - 04-2020-02

 

 

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.

Boise NF Winter Travel Map - (no longer in print)

VIEW THE ORDER

 

 

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ROAD, TRAIL and AREA CLOSURES BY DISTRICT (5)

 

Cascade Ranger District Closures 208-382-7400

 

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

 

 

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Mountain Home Ranger District Closures  208-587-7961

 

 

10-5-2021 Mountain Home Ranger District has temporarily closed motor vehicle use to the Wilson Trail System

The Mountain Home RD of the Boise National Forest has temporarily closed the use of any type of motor vehicle use on the Restricted Trails within the Wilson Trail System.

The purpose of this Order is to protect big game during critical life stages. (0402-01-98)

This Order will be in effect beginning October 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until June 15, 2026 or until rescinded by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

4-12-2021 – The Mountain Home RD has temporarily closed NFS road 159B

The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest has temporarily closed access to motorized vehicles along National Forest System road and area 159B. (0402-01-96)

The Road is closed to all motorized access to provide for public safety due to road failure.

This Order will be in effect beginning April 9, 2021 and shall remain in effect until March 31, 2022, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

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

 

 

9-3-2021 Idaho City Ranger District closes NFS road 364 (Grimes Creek) and 261  

The Idaho City RD of the Boise National Forest renewed the closure for another year of 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.  (0402-03-103)

This Order will be in effect from September 3, 2021 and shall remain in effect until September 01, 2022 at 00:01 A.M. Unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

VIEW 2020 ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE

VIEW RENEWED CLOSURE ORDER

VIEW CLOSURE MAP

 

 

The Idaho City RD has closed NFS Road #205 - China Basin Road for public safety due to road damage and washouts.  Order 0402-03-53.

VIEW the order and map

 

The Idaho City RD has closed NFS Road #207C - Flint Creek Spur C Road for public safety due to road damage and washouts.  Order 0402-03-54

VIEW the order and map

 

 

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Lowman Ranger District Closures  208-259-3361

 

10-13-2021 UPDATE - Boise National Forest Area and Road Closure Order #0402-05-88 (Boundary Fire) for Fir Creek Campground, Blue Bunch Trailhead, and the areas surrounding Forest Service Roads 579A and 579A1 has been TERMINATED.

 

 

12-31-2020 - Kirkham Hot Springs is open for DAY USE ONLY from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.  CURRENTLY THERE IS NO OVER NIGHT CAMPING.  Visitors may walk into the campground, but they are not permitted to drive in. There is a $5.00 fee per-vehicle / per-day use fee for parking outside of the closed gate.  (0402-05-85)

VIEW THE ORIGINAL CLOSURE  (Order has been updated - currently day use only)

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

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Emmett Ranger District   208-365-7000

 

9-9-2021 Emmett Ranger District has temporarily closed portions of NFS 696 system roads

The Emmett RD of the Boise National Forest has temporarily closed access to all public entry, along portions of National Forest System road (NFS) road 696 (OLD), NFS road 696 (West Fork Scriver) and NFS road 696D.

The purpose of this Order is to provide for public safety during the West Scriver Stewardship Timber Sale logging operations.

This Order will be in effect Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7 a.m. MST and will remain in effect until Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5 p.m. MST unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-06-49)

VIEW THE CLOSURE

VIEW THE MAP

 

 

Closure Order Number: 0402-06-29 / Name:  THIRD FORK RIDGE / NFS road 625 remains closed to motorized traffic due to landslide. 

 

 

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Additional Notices

Before you go, 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.

 

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Information about Fire Restrictions throughout Idaho  

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/

VIEW BNF DESIGNATED CAMPING AREAS

Frequently asked questions concerning implementation of fire restrictions

 

 

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.

 

 

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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 - 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.

 

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


  • 8-2-2021 - 7-17-2026  Regional Weed Free Hay Order
  • TERMINATED 9-20-2021 - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions go into effect within Boise NF
  • 7-16-2021 - 7-17-2026 - 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

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Closures


  • 10-5-2021 Mountain Home RD has temporarily closed motor vehicle on Wilson Trails
  • 9-9-2021 Emmett RD temporarily closes a portions of NFS road system 696
  • 9-3-2021 Idaho City RD RENEWS CLOSURE OF NFS road 364 (Grimes Creek) and 261
  • TERMINATED 8-18-2021 – The Mountain Home RD has temporarily closed NFS road 129
  • TERMINATED - 7-7-2021 Idaho City RD temporarily closes a portion of NFS road 384
  • TERMINATED – The Lowman RD has temporarily closed NFS roads NFS Roads
  • 4-12-2021 – The Mountain Home RD has temporarily closed NFS road 159B
  • TERMINATED - Idaho City RD temporarily closes NFS road 327 - Granite Creek

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Conditions

Current Forest Conditions

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




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