Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Closures and Restrictions Summary - August 5, 2017

Release Date: Aug 5, 2017  

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Summary of Fire Restrictions and Closures

General Forest

Restrictions and closures for public health and safety due to wildfire are constantly changing.  Additional information and new restrictions will be posted at   Additional closures across the forest are in place for various activities and can also be found at the link provided above.

North Zone

North Fork Ranger District – (208) 476-4541

None at this time

Palouse Ranger District – (208) 875-1131

Stage One fire restrictions have been put in place for the west portion of the Palouse Ranger District.  This includes Forest lands lying north and west of Highway 3/8 at the Latah county line at Sherwin Pass, south to Bovill, west to Helmer and Deary.

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited Forest lands:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on their own land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Central Zone

Moose Creek Ranger District(208) 926-4258

Area Closure

An area closure is in effect for the Moose Creek 1, Order No. 01-17-06-17-015:

Beginning at the Moose Creek Ranger Station in section 12, T33N, R12E, Boise Meridian in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness following East Moose Trail #421 northerly to the junction with Trout Peak Trail #427. Then follow Trail #427 easterly to Freeman Peak and the junction with Lost Horse Trail #430. Then follow Trail #430 easterly to Horsefly Meadows and the junction with Pettibone Creek Trail #633. Then follow Trail #633 southerly to Selway River Trail #4 in T32N, R13E Boise Meridian. Then follow Trail #4 northwest back to the junction with Trail #421 at  Moose Creek Ranger Station, the point of beginning. The trails bordering the closure area shall remain closed.

Trail Closures

Trail closures in effect for the Lone Pine and Mink Peak, Order Nos. 01-17-06-17-009 and -010

Trail 438:  From the Bridge on the Selway River to the junction with Trail 602.

Trail 436:  Trail 436 to the junction of Trail 562.

Trail 626:  Trail 626 to the junction of Trail 601.

Trail 555:  Trail 555 to the junction of Trail 437.


Lochsa/Powell Ranger District – Lochsa (208) 926-4274, Powell (208) 942-3113

Trail Closures

Order No. 01-17-55-17-017:

                Trail 71From the junction with Trail 50 to the junction of Trail 10

Trail 10:  From the junction of Trail 1 to Hidden Peak Lookout

Trail 906: From the junction with Trail 10 to the junction with Trail 4.

Trail 9: From the junction of Trail 10 to Hidden Lake

Trail 50:  From Colt Killed Creek trailhead to the junction with Trail 43.

South Zone

Salmon River Ranger District(208) 983-1950 or (208) 839-2211

Area Closure

Order No. 01-17-01-17-012: Commencing at the intersection of RD 221 and RD 444 traveling west to the end of RD 444 then due south to Trail 312. Traveling south along Trail 312 to Wind River Pack Bridge. From Wind River Pack Bridge traveling north along Trail 88 to junction with RD 394. From RD 394 traveling north to junction with RD 221.  From RD 221 back to starting intersection of RD 221 and 444. Travel on these Roads and Trails, as well as the area bound by them is prohibited.

Note: River Camps and boat traffic along Main Salmon River are open to the public adjacent to closure area.

Red River Ranger District(208) 842-2245

Area Closure

An area closure relating to these fires is in effect, Order No. 01-17-05-17-002:

Commencing at the intersection Trail 502 and Main Salmon River at Bargamin Bar traveling northeast along Trail 502 to junction of Trail 501, traveling southeast on Trail 501 to Main Salmon River, traveling west along Main Salmon River including Trail 96 back to the intersection at Bargamin Bar.  Trail 576 and Trail 577 are within the Area Closure. Travel on these trails as well as the area bound by them, is prohibited.

NOTE:  The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river