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Horsethief Reservoir, near Cascade: 2015 salvage order

The Idaho Fish and Game has begun draining Horsethief Reservoir, east of Cascade, because someone illegally stocked it with bullheads.

"We run it as a trout fishery and when you start introducing other species there, they don't do well and it makes the trout not do well," said Dale Allen, regional fisheries manager. "It's an easy one to drain for us but it takes away a lot of fishing opportunity for fishermen."

The reservoir was built in 1968 and this is the sixth time it has had to be drained because of the introduction of illegal fish. Fish managers are hoping for a normal winter with plenty of snow to refill Horsethief. Even if the winter is mild, Fish and Game plans to re-stock in the spring, which usually occurs around the first of May.

“We’ll lose ice fishing. It’s turned into a really good ice fishery,” said Allen.

But for now, the fishing has been good. The gate was opened on September 8 so the reservoir has begun to empty. The few anglers who are taking advantage are catching a lot of fish.

The salvage suspends fish bag and possession limits and is in effect until October 20. The lifting of angler limits is a way to use most of the fish that currently reside in the reservoir. However anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license. With the exception of firearms, explosives, chemicals and electricity, fish may be taken with any method, including seines and dip nets. All fish must be killed before transport from the reservoir.

Anglers should note that while fishing will remain open until the reservoir is drained in mid-October, camping at the reservoir will close September 21, no campfires are allowed, and all docks have been removed.  

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.

Sept. 11: Forest Service asks hunters to be careful near Cougar Fire northeast of Cascade

Public use and recreational activities within and near the Cougar Fire Area Closure are causing issues for the ongoing work of firefighters. Firefighters continue to patrol, rehabilitate and fall dangerous snag trees. With the opening of hunting season they are starting to see citizens enter the area. In addition, traffic has increased on the opened Forest Roads 409 and 474, which are being used by firefighters during the day.

Speeding is the biggest concern, and with tight corners, and in some cases limited sight distances, higher speeds endanger both the public and firefighters.

“Use of this small area of closed public land during firefighting activities jeopardizes both firefighter and public safety,” said Mary Faurot, Cascade District Ranger. “Until the fire is declared controlled, the area will not be opened and I urge hunters to use other nearby open areas.

“In the immediate area of the fire closure, and also along the Warm Lake Highway which may have fire traffic on it, we ask the public to reduce speeds and be extra alert,” Faurot added.

The 1,236 acre Cougar Fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade and approximately 4 miles west of Warm Lake. The fire is 100% contained, but is still burning within the interior so it is not controlled. The vast Boise National Forest is open for recreation and hunter use with only the Cougar Fire area closure in effect.

Further information is available at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or by calling the Cascade Ranger District at 208-382-7400.

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.

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.

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.