The closure is the result of the 2012 Springs Fire, which resulted in the loss of stabilizing vegetation on steep, rocky slopes directly above the hot springs creating a serious public safety hazard. Spring rains could cause rock falls, flooding, and debris flows through Skinny Dipper Hot Springs.
The closure to all human use is in effect until June 30, 2013. After that, the hot springs will be open for day use only. The human-use closure does not apply to normal highway traffic along the Banks-Loman Highway.
Anyone violating the closure may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined, not to exceed $1,000, imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Violators may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for in 18 U.S.C. 3571.
Please adhere to all posted signs and closures. Your cooperation will ensure continued public safety.
For more information, please contact Larry Ridenhour, 208-384-3334.