Clearwater

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A forest closure for the entire Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests except the Palouse Ranger District is being rescinded to allow public access to many popular areas in advance of the Labor Day holiday weekend.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When maps are finalized and notices signed Thursday, September 3, the forestwide closure will be rescinded and a number of smaller, more focused closures implemented.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)

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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."
fire-map-closures-in-Idaho-2015

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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Idaho fire closure map at a glance (8/27/2015)

Another update: The Teepee Fire closure area was expanded. We'll continue to update this map as new closure information occurs. It's also available to help you plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.
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Idaho fire closure map at a glance (8/26/2015)

Several more fire closures have been added to the map since yesterday. We'll continue to update this map as new closure information occurs. It's also available to help you plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.
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Kokanee - "Smok'em if you Got'em"

We're seeing several pictures of people on the internet from all over Idaho who have caught Kokanee that have turned red. The color change from summer silver to fall red indicates these fish have begun - or will shortly, spawn and die. Kokanee are putting all their energy into spawning and have exausted their fat reserves and in some cases, have begun reabsorbing muscle tissue. Consequently, flesh quality won't be as good as it was two months ago when they were still swimming in the lake or reservoir.

The best way to prepare Kokanee for consumption this time of year is to fix them in a smoker.  There are a number of different recipes you can find on the internet that include spices and wood chips to enhance the flavor and improve the quality of your dining experience.  Then you can use that classic movie line, "smok'em if you got'em."