Boise Forest reopens parts of forest closed after wildfires

rphillips@idahostatesman.comNovember 6, 2013 

— Closed areas in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complex east of Boise and north of Mountain Home will be revised and significantly reduced Wednesday, Nov. 6 at noon, a release from the Boise National Forest said.

The new closed areas remaining or altered include the generally described areas below and include only public lands:

• Dog Creek area (east of the Pine Featherville Road) is closed for all entry.

• The Wilson Creek Trail System on the west side of Anderson Ranch Reservoir remains closed for mechanized and motorized vehicle use.

• The Danskin Mountain OHV Area is open for foot and horse use, but still closed for mechanized and motorized vehicle use.

The Danskin and Wilson Creek trails and immediate area have significant soil and infrastructure damage from the fire and September mud slides. Trail issues include tread, culverts and bridges burned or washed out, along with plant and tree roots that burned leaving depressions on the trail surfaces.

All other areas of the burned area are now open. Open areas include the South Fork Boise River, downstream from the Anderson Ranch Dam. Recreation along the river corridor is open to day-use only, and overnight use is prohibited. Floaters are advised that the river has substantially changed with new channels, flows and large trees in the river.

A specific legal description and map of the closure is enclosed and will be posted on the Elk Complex inciweb HERE.

All private land within the remaining closed areas is open and not effected by the Forest Service closure. Popular roads open include Blacks Creek Road (Forest Road 189), South Fork Boise River Road, Falls Creek Road from the Anderson Dam upriver to Pine, and the Pine Featherville Road (Highway 61).

The public is reminded to use caution when traveling roads or trails in the newly opened areas. Unstable soils may result in flash floods as exhibited in mid-September when heavy rain produced significant mud slides, and falling trees or rocks. People should not park in drainages, near trees, and be very aware of weather forecasts with high rainfall or winds.

For details, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at (208) 587-7961

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