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The Elk and Pony Fire closure is now open to foot traffic for Unit 39 sportsmen

The Boise National Forest just advised us of changes to the Elk and Pony fire complex closures.

The Forest Service has opened the area in Unit 39 to foot traffic. Please respect the closure areas and the motorized restrictions. 

A PDF map of the updated and reduced closure areas is available here.  Note, the area in Unit 43 still is closed to foot and vehicular traffic.

 

We plan to get this information updated in the Hunt Planner a.s.a.p.  We'll update this blog entry if more information is available.

This closure change has a significant impact on the Elk controlled hunt in 39-4, but all 39 sportsmen may be affected by this change.

 

Seeing Through the Smoke

Fire is again having a big impact on Idaho's landscape. 

To assist in your hunting, angling and outdoor adventures this late summer and fall, Idaho Fish and Game will be working with the Boise National Forest and other Wildfire Teams to keep you up to date on fire closures. We are compiling the latest fire activity and closures from InciWeb and making them available as real-time maps and downloads on our website.

 

Web maps to view real-time closures, fire activity with hunt boundaries.

To view closures in real-time on-line we have added fire closures and fire activity to two web applications:


IDFG Fire Map

This tool is optimized for mobile viewing and allows you overlay hunt boundaries on current fire activity from satellites and fire emergency closures. Fire activity is updated every two hours.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire

 


Huntplanner Map Center

We've added wildfire layers for fire activity, perimeters, closures and historical fire activity to the Huntplanner.  View these layers alongside trails, campgrounds, hunts and other features.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/mapcenter

 

 

View in your GPS, Google Earth and offline.



Download the closure layer as a Google Earth(KMZ) or Shapefile(SHP) for offline viewing.  If your GPS unit requires GPX, there's a conversion utility to transfer KMZ to GPX.

This layer was digitized by individual USFS Fire Incident Teams and compile by Boise National Forest and IFWIS Cartographers. We will be updating these layer regularly through the hunting season.

Full text descriptions of all fire closures in Idaho are available on Inciweb.

 

 

For more maps and information about Idaho's hunt boundaries visit the Idaho Huntplanner, Huntplanner Map Index and the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System Open Data Downloads.

Fire Closure Area Updates

We just completed some updates to the Idaho fire area closure boundaries.

The Wesley Fire Area Closure was expanded to the north and west.  Over in the Samon Region, the Mustang Fire Closure Area was reduced significantly.  All areas in east of U.S. 93 in Unit 21 were opened to access!

You can view these updates:

 

Note that these maps display area closures, for a full list of all area, road and trail closures visit InciWeb.org

If you see someone hunting in a forest "closed" to fire, is this something you report to F&G or USFS?

Unit 27
Saw a group of Oregon hunters that crossed the bridge at Dagger Falls on the Middle fork into an area that appeared to be clearly posted as closed. They harvested 3 elk and a buck.
I wasn't able to get more identification done on the hunters but I really wasn't sure they were actually doing anything illegal or if going into the closed area is only a advisory statement.

Thank you.

Are any hunting units being closed this year due to wildfires?

Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed.  In order to view the impact of fires with hunt areas, IDFG has made fire activity and closures available in two mapping applications, the Idaho Huntplanner MapCenter and the IDFG Fire Map.  For your GPS Unit the fire closure layer and the hunt areas are available as KMZ downloads.

Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an entire hunt unit. Hunters affected by a fire closure can adjust their schedule to hunt later in the season or exchange general tags to hunt in a different area. But tags must be exchanged before the season begins.

Hunters with controlled hunt tags may exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins. But controlled hunt fees would not be refunded. Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire. Hunters requesting a rain check will be required to submit their tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions of their request. Rain checks would be evaluated case-by-case at the end of the hunting season. Rain checks will be valid in 2013 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2012. Written requests should be sent to the license section at Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707 when the season is over.

Hunters and anglers, and anyone else heading into the backcountry, are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs' offices before heading out.

Photo Credit: Group Torching on McGuire Complex by Shawn Pearson

 

Do fire closures leave you hunting for a spot to hunt?

This summer's fires continue to burn and as the hunting season gets underway there are still fifteen active fire area closures in Idaho. This leaves substantial portions of our State... areas bigger than some US States... closed to access.

In order to assist sportsmen, we are compiling the latest fire activity and closures from InciWeb and making them available as real-time maps and downloads on our website.

Why isn't the fire closure boundary current?

I LOVE the MODIS interface you are offering with the hunt planner, thank you. However I just wanted to point out that for some fires (Sheep Fire for example), the fire closure boundary that is currently enacted by the USFS is not even showing up on the interface. When the "fire closure" layer is checked, it shows up for some fires (Mustang Complex, Halstead as examples), but not others. FYI, the USFS has closed the entire forest area from White Bird to Riggins, and from US95 to the wilderness boundary. It would be helpful and save some people time/$$ if this was updated.