Fallen tree blocks Boise River rafters Tuesday

June 19, 2013 

Firefighters work to remove a tree from the Boise River Tuesday afternoon.


— Fire crews worked Tuesday afternoon to remove a large tree that fell into the Boise River, blocking the path of floaters.

Several rafts had gotten hung up on the tree, according to Boise Fire Battalion Chief Dave Cooper.

The Boise Fire Dive Team helped floaters get around the blockage, directing them to take out a quarter mile before the Baybrook bridge. Rafters walked on the Greenbelt around the fallen tree before reentering the river.

Epley’s Raft Rentals employees informed floaters about the hazard when they set out from Barber Park. One girl was evaluated by paramedics after spending time in the cold water, but she was not injured.

Natural erosion caused the tree to fall, firefighters said. Boise Fire warned floaters to be aware of changing river conditions and look ahead for any potential hazards.

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