Should fire behavior change and more aggressive air support and dipping from the Lower Salmon River again be necessary, the BLM may reconsider a closure for the safety of the public and those involved in fire suppression.
Rafters and others using the Lower Salmon should remain aware of the firefighting efforts underway, yielding the river to helicopters that may be dipping in the river. Float groups are advised to stay together and not to stop to watch the aerial support activities. Rafters should pull over temporarily if they come upon a helicopter already dipping in the river then continue through the area expeditiously as soon as the helicopter leaves. Recreationists are also asked to avoid the Lucile boat pull-outs after 4:00 pm to reduce congestion for the ongoing fire support effort. Motorists are also urged to use caution and drive slowly along Highway 95 near Lucile, Idaho. Please avoid using pull-outs to stop and watch firefighting operations.
The Sheep Fire has burned over 46,000 acres, is 39% contained and is staffed with over 550 firefighting personnel. Additional information regarding the fire can be found at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3240/.