If you are traveling through parts of southern Idaho, you might notice a bit of haze in the air.
There is a fire burning near the town of Banks, referred to as the Springs Fire, which has caused some travel delays along Highway 55 and Highway 17. A few campgrounds have been closed as a precaution. Learn more at http://inciweb.org/incident/3093/
The Trinity Ridge Fire, near Atlanta, might also impact travel near the towns of Pine, Featherville and Atlanta, though there are no travel restrictions presently. Recreation access to Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs and the Pine, Featherville and Prairie areas is still open. Recreation access is restricted in Atlanta. Learn more at http://inciweb.org/incident/3088/.
The Halstead Fire, burning in the Salmon-Challis National Forest near Stanley, is not impacting recreation in and around Salmon, Challis or on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. A trail closure has been reported.
The National Interagency Fire Center is based in Boise and updates fire information regularly on its website, detailing travel restrictions and recreation access/closures when needed. See links above.
For year-round road reports, travelers may dial 511 or 1-888-432-7623, or visit http://511.idaho.gov for information issued by the Idaho Dept. of Transportation. When calling, press 1 for road reports, and know the highway you are traveling on. If you need personal assistance, from the main menu, press 5 and you will be prompted to press 1 for a transfer to the Idaho Tourism offices. We are here to help from 8am-5pm weekdays, and after hours you may leave a message.
While the mention of fire is always a bit scary, these incidents are limited to small areas and have a small impact on this great big state. Fun is still on the itinerary!
posted by Laurie McConnell, Idaho Tourism Staff