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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pioneer Fire -Timber Salvage Area Closed For Public Safety

Boise, Idaho, August, 15, 2017—The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing the South Pioneer Fire Recovery Project area including the Rock Creek drainage on the Lowman Ranger District for public safety. The Rock Creek drainage includes National Forest System road 594.
Salvage operations including log truck traffic, skidding timber, felling operations and service vehicle traffic make it dangerous for access in the area. All closure areas within the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.
There is a higher degree of hazards after a burn, visitors should stay alert within the Pioneer Fire area. Snags or dead trees are continuing to fall and washouts or debris flows may result after heavy rains. “Public and employee safety is always our first priority, said Brant Petersen, Idaho City District Ranger. “The area is closed but we’re keeping key routes open so visitors can to get through the burned area and on to their destination.”
Forest visitors should drive with caution since they may encounter heavy equipment and logging trucks. Routes effected include, State Highways 55, State Highway 21, Boise County Road 17 (Banks Lowman Highway) and adjacent National Forest Systems (NFS) roads within the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts.

To view all forest closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Pioneer Fire salvage sales support public health and safety by reducing hazard trees on more than 13,000 acres of high recreation use areas within the North and South projects. Revenue generated from the salvage sales fund resource protection and reforestation efforts including the restoration of whitebark pine on more than 600 acres and the planting of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine trees on more than 18,000 acres. Industry will recover the economic value of 45 Million Board Feet (MMBF) of merchantable timber. For more information on salvage operations please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/boise/home/?cid=fseprd530485    
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