teepeeMcCall, Idaho – The TePee Springs Fire has continued to spread to the east and is now estimated at 1500 acres and growing. The TePee Springs Fire is burning in the TePee Springs and Hazard Creek area of the New Meadows District, approximately 20 miles south of Riggins, Idaho and east of Highway 95.
The Payette National Forest in the vicinity of TePee Springs Fire is closed to public use. Hazard Campground is closed. No public access is allowed past the cattle guard located 1 mile north of Goose Lake on the Goose Lake Road, Forest Road 257. All visitors within the closed area are being evacuated. An emergency closure order will follow.
The Bureau of Land Management has issued a closure order for Hard/Hazard Creek Road Forest Road 287 to prevent access to the TePee Springs fire area from the west.
At this time, camping is still allowed at Grouse, Brundage Reservoir, Granite Lake, Upper Payette Lake and other sites outside of the closed area. However, the TePee Springs fire is very active and additional closures may become necessary. Forest users outside the closed area are advised to pay attention to fire information sources and to be very aware of your surroundings and weather conditions as this remains a dynamic situation. Do not block roads (including gated roads) or trails in the fire vicinity so that fire equipment may access the fire.