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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

fire closure map 9/25

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)

9-17-2015 fire map
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.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/8/2015)

Fall weather is in the air and it seems to be helping with fires. However, your vigilance is important as there is still plenty of fire danger! Today's map includes reductions to closures for the Tepee Springs Fire and Jay Point fire areas are reduced. The Lochsa South Complex fire closure has also lifted.

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 9/8/2015 10:30am 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.

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.

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

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.