Clearwater

Video: Hot Summer Affects Chinook

It wasn't just the sockeye salmon that suffered in this record hot summer of 2015. Fish and Game's McCall Hatchery made some changes to accommodate over-heated Chinook salmon.

This video explains some of the events and Idaho Fish and Game's response.

“Because of the water temperatures in the South Fork being in the upper seventies, we were seeing a lot of mortality over there with fish that we were holding as well as fish that were in the river swimming free,’ said Joel Patterson, McCall Hatchery Assistant Manager. “So, those fish were then transported here because of elevated temperatures and low flows.”

Normally, the McCall Hatchery is housing catchable rainbow trout in the summer, but those fish were moved out early to lower elevation lakes and streams to make room for the Chinook salmon. Instead of spawning the fish at the trap, it was done at the McCall Hatchery in late August and early September.

Idaho fire closure map update (9/25/2015) - Most "area" closures lifted

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Most of Idaho's fire closure areas have been lifted. However, there are still many trail and road closures in some areas.

Areas that have been burned, and any additional, remaining closures are available in the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/25/2015 1:00pm 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.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/21/2015)

Still more encouraging reductions in closure areas. However, remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field! Continue to respect closure areas and trails and roads and give plenty of room to fire crews.

The fall weather has helped the closure areas and restrictions loosen, however some areas still have closures of trails, roads, and areas near active fires. The Forest Service offices have travel plans, maps, and additional information about travel restrictions.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of 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 9/21/2015 8:00pm 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.

Sept. 18: Clearwater Region lifts fire restriction on F&G lands

LEWISTON - Due to recent widespread rain events throughout many parts of north-central Idaho, Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions will be lifted on Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) managed lands across the Clearwater Region, effective immediately. This applies to all Wildlife Management Areas, Lakes and Reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties.

Contact the regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. Please visit http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.

 

Update: Additionally, there are some other large area closures that are now lifted and replaced with trail and road closures. The area closure reductions can be seen on our fire page and map center. The road and trail closures information is available at the USFS district offices.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/17/2015)

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Hunters, anglers and others please note: Trail and road closures still exist in burned areas despite recent wetter, cooler weather. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices will continue to update closures leading as conditions allow.
Hunters should exercise extreme care where fire-related activities are taking place and respect working areas of fire crews.

Contact the Forest Service for more information on those trail closures and travel plans.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of 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 9/17/2015 8:10am 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.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/12/2015)

Please note: Trail & road closures exist in burned areas. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices have critical information about these constantly changing, closures.
Hunters: Please, remain vigilant. Exercise extreme care with any fire-related activity and please respect working areas of fire crews.

Still more encouraging reductions in closure areas. Remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field, though! Today's update shows reductions in the Motorway complex. Several private land areas are now open again as well. The new private land layer has been updated in the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of 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."
fire-map-closures-in-Idaho-2015

Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/12/2015 5:00pm 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.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/11/2015)

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Please note: Trail & road closures exist in burned areas. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices have critical information about these constantly changing, closures.
Hunters: Please, remain vigilant. Exercise extreme care with any fire-related activity and please respect working areas of fire crews.

There continues to be encouraging reductions in closure areas. Remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field, though! Today's update shows reductions in the Selway complex, but heed trail and road closures in those burned areas. Several private land areas are now open again as well.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of 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."
fire-map-closures-in-Idaho-2015

Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/11/2015 07:30am 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.

Sept. 10: Potlatch Corporation reopens lands closed during fire season

From a company press release:

Recent rainfall, higher humidity and generally lower temperatures have resulted in Potlatch removing the previously announced closure and campfire ban on its Idaho forestlands. Access is now allowed in accordance with company recreation policies.

The unprecedented closure of Potlatch land went into effect on July 14. The company reported that compliance with the closure was very high.

“We greatly appreciate the way in which the public honored our closure,” said Darin Ball, Idaho Region Manager. “It was gratifying to see our forest users play an important role in reducing risks during this fire season.”

Potlatch forestland recreational policy can be found at http://recreation.potlatchcorp.com/id/default.asp.

Most fire restrictions lifted in Northern and Central Idaho, but access closures remain

Kamiah, ID - Due to widespread rainfall throughout many parts of northern and central Idaho, most local land management agencies will lift Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on September 9, 2015.

However, hunters should recognize the difference between fire restrictions and area closures. Fire restrictions refer to campfires, etc. Access closures are land closures in the vicinity of fires.

Visit http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office. Current restrictions will be lifted in all areas as described below:

  • Coeur d’Alene Fire Restrictions Area, All Zones:(see map for detail) All land located in Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, and Latah Counties.
  • Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Zone 1 and 2: (see map for detail) All of Nez Perce, Clearwater, and Lewis Counties. Those portions of Idaho County that are north of the Salmon River (east of Riggins), west of Highway 95 (south of Riggins) and are not federal lands designated as wilderness, as well as that portion of Adams County that lies within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
  • Payette Fire Restrictions Area, Zone 4 ONLY: (see map for detail) All state, private, and BLM managed land (except that located within National Forest System boundaries) south of the main Salmon River to Smokey Boulder road.

Areas remaining in Stage II restrictions are described below:

  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game lands across the Clearwater Region
  • The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is maintaining Stage II fire restrictions on IDFG lands across the Clearwater Region. This includes all Wildlife Management Areas, Lakes and Reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties.

Under Stage II fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted private, state and federally managed or protected lands, roads and trails:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans for non-commercial purposes including ATVs, UTVs, and pickups. 
  4. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.: (A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in a, b and c below.)
    1. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting or any other activity employing the use of an internal combustion engine or off-road activity associated with industrial operations or fire wood gathering.
    2. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
    3. Using an explosive.

Exemptions

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a fire or stove fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
  3. Persons using stove fires with a chimney of at least five (5) feet in length and employing a spark arrester with a maximum mesh screen opening of ¼ inch on federal lands designated as the Frank Church River of No Return, Gospel Hump or Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Areas.
  4. Persons using metal fire pans* (see definition) within ¼ mile of:
    1. The Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site to its mouth at the Snake River.
    2. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
    3. The Selway River from the Paradise boat launch to Race creek.

     *Pack-out of ashes is required.

  1. Persons using a generator with an approved spark arrester on areas that are cleared of all flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  2. Log loading and hauling only from landings and existing roads.
  3. Private landowners using charcoal (disposed of properly) or propane barbecues on their own lands.
  4. Normal operations on crop lands.
  5. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions in Stage II Exemptions for Public Utilities and Railroads, Appendix 10.
  6. Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty.
  7. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  8. All land within a city boundary.