South Fork Boise River and other public lands are open

rphillips@idahostatesman.comNovember 7, 2013 

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Anglers have been shut out of the South Fork since last summer, but can now return.

ROGER PHILLIPS — rphillips@idahostatesman.com

Closed areas caused by the Elk and Pony Complex wildfires east of Boise and north of Mountain Home were revised and significantly reduced on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Boise National Forest.

The 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.

Danskin and Wilson Creek trails and adjacent areas have significant soil and infrastructure damage from the fire and September mudslides.

Forest Service officials said trail problems include damaged tread, culverts and bridges burned or washed out, and also plant and tree roots that burned and left gaps in 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.

Popular roads open include Blacks Creek Road (Forest Road 189), South Fork Boise River Road, Fall Creek Road from the Anderson Dam upriver to Pine, and the Pine Featherville Road.

The Forest Service is reminding people to use caution when traveling roads or trails in the newly opened areas.

Unstable soils may result in flash floods like those that occurred in mid-September when heavy rain caused multiple mudslides, and hazards from falling trees or rocks remain.

People should not park in drainages, or near trees, and they should be aware of weather forecasts with high rainfall or winds and avoid potentially hazardous areas.

For details, call the Mountain Home Ranger District at 587-7961.

For a map of remaining closed areas, go to fs.usda.gov/boise.

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