Clearwater

Sept. 4: Cougar Fire Northeast of Cascade 100 percent contained

From the Boise National Forest: 

The fire located 20 miles northeast of Cascade, known as the Cougar Fire, is 100% contained. Assisted by much cooler temperatures and light precipitation in the area of the fire, efforts will focus on continued mop up, rehabilitation work, and monitoring the burned areas.

The area closure remains in effect.  Be aware of potential hazardous conditions on forest roads. The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open, but the public is asked to drive slowly and use caution as fire vehicles may be using the road. Forest Road 474 (South Fork Salmon River Road) and Forest Road 409 (Clear Creek Road) are open.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place for the Boise National Forest.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited except within an agency designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure, Further information is available at: Boise National Forest web site, or at http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Cougar Fire (1,236 acres; 100% contained, 70 personnel) will transition to Incident Commander Rory Anterton’s local Type 4 Incident Management Team at 1400 today. Resources remaining to monitor the fire include 1 engine, 1 crew and the BIA WNA-1 Type 2 Initial Attack crew. 

When making travel plans throughout the West and Pacific Northwest, check for specific information on road conditions and Forest closures available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/3/2015)

9-3-2015 update

The USFS Nez Perce - Clearwater Forests have made significant openings to the forests. They were able to open up areas because of cooler, damper weather and good progress on those fires. However, we ask everyone to be extremely careful out there as fire activity may cause slowdowns. Always respect the closure boundaries for everyone's safety.

Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the “Turn Layers/On Off” menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/3/2015 4:15pm MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Note: There are smaller fires around the state that may have local road and trail closures not shown here. Fire maps also do not reflect private lands closed as a precaution during high fire danger.

VIDEO: Conservation camp connects kids to hunting and fishing, outdoors

Forty-five new ten to twelve year olds will be eligible to hunt this fall after attending the Youth Conservation Camp near Cascade, Idaho put on by Idaho’s Conservation Officers.

The week-long camp was launched in 2010 because Fish and Game officers noticed fewer kids spending time outside hunting and fishing. So the camp gives the officers an opportunity to share their passion for wildlife with the kids.

“It’s an absolutely positive experience. Not only for the kids, but for the officers,” said Barry Cummings, Conservation Officer for Fish and Game.  “It’s very rewarding.”

The youths participated in several hands-on activities including firearm safety and shooting, wildlife conservation and identification, challenge courses, fishing, archery, and an introduction to trapping.   

The camp gives the kids a chance to interact with the officers while also earning their hunter and bow hunter education certification.

Sept, 3: Nez Perce Clearwater Forest rescinds some fire closures

From the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forest: 

Kamiah, Idaho, September 2, 2015 –

A forest closure for the entire Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests except the Palouse Ranger District is being rescinded to allow public access to many popular areas in advance of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert said fire activity has moderated since a nearly forestwide closure was enacted Saturday, Aug. 30. On that day, high temperatures and strong winds created extreme fire behavior and caused many fires to spread rapidly creating concerns for public safety, prompting the County Sheriff to issue evacuation notices for Elk City, Newsome, Red River and other communities in that vicinity.

“With current and predicted weather conditions, shorter burning periods and more moderate fire behavior, we believe it is safe for the public to access many areas of the national forests,” she explained. “Our intent is to allow as much access as is safely possible.”

When maps are finalized and notices signed Thursday, September 3, the forestwide closure will be rescinded and a number of smaller, more focused closures implemented.  The changes allow Labor Day recreationists and hunters to access the majority of roads and trails in the popular North Fork and South Fork Clearwater River Corridors. 

Access to campgrounds and trails along the Salmon River, Selway and Lochsa Corridors will be limited.

Nez Perce-Clearwater closure and fire information is posted at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/home.  Click on the “Fire Information” icon at the top of the page.

Restrictions and closures are constantly changing.  Additional information and new restrictions will be posted at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/2/2015)

09-02-2015

No significant closure changes except the Campbell's Fire. Firefighters are reporting good progress on fires during this cold weather. Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the “Turn Layers/On Off” menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/2/2015 8:45am MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Note: There are smaller fires around the state that may have local road and trail closures not shown here. Fire maps also do not reflect private lands closed as a precaution during high fire danger.

Early Hunting with Fire Information Online - Includes an Update for Early Season Hunters

Fish and Game thanks Idaho's sportsmen for your patience and accommodation of fire suppression efforts and support of firefighters during this unusual fire season.

We've recently put out a few updates that may interest hunters considering hunting this Fall.


We'll leave you with this hint of Fall to come from our Southwest Region Facebook page.

These photos come from trail cameras in the Southwest Region.

Posted by Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) on Monday, August 31, 2015

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (Monday, 8/31/2015)

fire closure map

It's a very dynamic situation out there still. We are seeing some relief where rain and cool temperatures are helping. For the most current information, keep up-to-date with Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the “Turn Layers/On Off” menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 8/31/2015 12:30pm MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Note: There are smaller fires around the state that may have local road and trail closures not shown here. Fire maps also do not reflect private lands closed as a precaution during high fire danger.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (Sunday, 8/30/2015)

There continue to be adjustments as the fire situations change constantly. Some closures have expanded and others have been lifted. We've taken the liberty to aggregate these closures as of Saturday morning for your planning purposes. For the most current information, keep up-to-date with Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the “Turn Layers/On Off” menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Idaho fire closure map at a glance (Saturday, 8/29/2015)

There continue to be adjustments as the fire situations change constantly. Some closures have expanded and others have been lifted. We've taken the liberty to aggregate these closures as of Saturday morning for your planning purposes. For the most current information, keep up-to-date with Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the “Turn Layers/On Off” menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Idaho fire closure map at a glance (8/28/2015)

Several adjustments so far today as of last update at 1:30pm MT. Most significant was additional closures along the Salmon River due to the Teepee fire. We'll continue to update this map as new closure information occurs, however, no new maps will be available through Monday unless a major situation occurs.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

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