By order, the Salmon River from the Lucile boat ramp downriver to Twin Bridges is closed to all boating for public health and safety until further notice.
This closure is the result of heavy fire and aircraft traffic associated with fire suppression activities on the Sheep Fire. Helicopters will be working along this stretch of the river dipping water at numerous locations. These helicopter operations can happen quickly and with little warning to recreationists, thus necessitating full closure.
Motorists are urged to use caution, resist stopping at pull-outs, and drive slowly along Highway 95 near Lucile, Idaho, continuing north to the Incident Command Post (ICP) near the Slate Creek Ranger Station.
The affected area is described as the Salmon River from the BLM Lucile Recreation site downriver to the Idaho Fish and Game Twin Bridges Recreation site. A map depicting the restricted area is available for public inspection at the Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, Idaho.
The authority for establishing this restriction is Title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, 8364.1. The restriction becomes effective immediately and shall remain in effect until revoked.
The restriction does not apply to:
1) Any Federal, state or local government officer or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force while in the perfOlmance of an official duty.
2) Any Bureau of Land Management employee, agent, contractor, or cooperator while in the performance of an official duty.
3) Any person or group expressly authorized by an Authorized Officer to access the subject public land through the issuance of a permit or other use authorization instrument. Violation of this order is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 andlor imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.
Signed at Cottonwood, Idaho this 10th Day of September 2012. Signed by Will Runnoe, Field Manager