The current closure, issued on September 10th, extends from the Lucile Recreation Site to the Twin Bridges landing. An extension of the closure would include a segment of the river upstream from the Lucile Recreation Site to Riggins, Idaho or further, if needed for firefighting efforts. River recreationists are urged to check the current status at the following website: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/cottonwood.html or by calling the Cottonwood Field Office at 208-962-3245.
Rafters and others using the Lower Salmon should be very conscientious 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 urged to use caution, refrain from stopping at pull-outs, and drive slowly along Highway 95 near Lucille, Idaho. Please do not stop along the highway to view fire operations.
The Sheep Fire has burned 32,577 acres to-date and is staffed with over 650 firefighting personnel. Containment is estimated at 24% with no current expected date of control.
For more information regarding the closure along the Lower Salmon River, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Suzanne Endsley at (208) 769-5004.