I was wondering if the Big Cougar fire in hunting unit 11 will have any impact on the hunting seasons within that unit. I have waited a lot of years to draw this tag for mule deer and finally did this year. Since this fire burnt so much prime mule deer habitat, do you anticipate any season changes?
I have an elk archery tag for the Pioneer Zone. Are the fires around Hailey affecting this area?
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:
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.
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.
View in your GPS, Google Earth and offline.
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.
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:
- In your web browser (Huntplanner Map Center)
- Your phone (IDFG Fire Map)
- Or, your GPS (Open Data Downloads)
- And in text form (InciWeb)
Note that these maps display area closures, for a full list of all area, road and trail closures visit InciWeb.org
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
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.