Idaho Fish and GameIDFG Logo
IDFG Regions
Region 1 - PanhandleRegion 2 - ClearwaterRegion 3 - SouthwestRegion 4 - Magic ValleyRegion 5 - SoutheastRegion 6 - Upper Snake Region 7 - SalmonView list of all Regions

If you see someone hunting in a forest "closed" to fire, is this something you report to F&G or USFS?

Unit 27
Saw a group of Oregon hunters that crossed the bridge at Dagger Falls on the Middle fork into an area that appeared to be clearly posted as closed. They harvested 3 elk and a buck.
I wasn't able to get more identification done on the hunters but I really wasn't sure they were actually doing anything illegal or if going into the closed area is only a advisory statement.

Thank you.

Answer

Any violation of a forest fire emergency closure should be reported to the appropriate land manager.  Unit 27 is in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, part of which  is under the  Halstead Fire Closure Order Number: 04-13-12-535 which prohibits:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (b), the following acts are prohibited on the area, roads, and/or trails described in this order, all within the Middle Fork and Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger Districts of the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area of the Sawtooth National Forest until further notice:
1. Going into or being upon the fire area as described below and depicted on the attached map that is closed for the protection of public health or safety. 36 CFR 261.53(e)
2. Being on a trail described below that is posted as closed. 36 CFR 261.55(a)
3. Being on a road described below that is posted as closed. 36 CFR 261.54(e)

With the following penalties:

Any violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for a individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. [Title 16 USC 551, Title 18 USC 3571 (b)(6), Title 18 USC 3581 (b)(7)].

Contact the Salmon-Challis National Forest Forest Supervisor's Office, 1206 S. Challis Street  Salmon, ID 83467  (208) 756-5100.