No quick return to the South Fork of the Boise River

Southwest Idaho’s most popular fishing stream remains closed and may stay that way “for an extended period of time,” Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson said Thursday, Sept. 5.

Two wildfires burned the canyon along the river in the popular fishing section between Anderson Ranch Dam and the Danskin boat launch. The fire killed lots of trees in the river corridor, which now are falling and a risk to the public, he said.

“If we know there are risks or hazards, we have to mitigate those before we can open it to the public,” Olson said.

The most intense burning occurred between the dam and Cow Creek Bridge, which is about 6 miles downstream. That area will likely be closed the longest.

Fires burned less intense downstream from Cow Creek, and crews are now focusing on that area and cutting down potentially hazardous trees, Olson said. He did not have an estimate how long it would take for crews to finish their work there, but said the area downstream from Cow Creek could open earlier than the area upstream.

The road along the South Fork is open, however, people can not leave the road or access the river.

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