The Idaho Fish and Game Commission honored a Forest Service request to close more than half of Unit 28 to hunting in a conference call meeting September 18.
Part of Unit 28 was burned in the 200,000-acre Clear Creek fire. Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor George Matejko asked the Commission to consider the closure, citing fire-caused dangers to hunters, further damage to forest resources and potential hazard for workers doing rehabilitation in the burn.
The Commission voted unanimously to close the burned area for the rest of this year, beginning immediately. The closure affects about 60 percent of the popular hunting unit. These are the boundaries of the closure requested by the Forest Service and approved by the Commission:
Beginning at Myers Cove, thence NE along Silver Creek Road #108 to its junction with the Panther Creek Road #055, thence SE along the 055 road to Morgan Creek summit, thence NE along Unit 28 boundary to Trail #093 south of Hat Creek lakes, then north along 093 to Iron Lake, thence NE along the Ridge Road #020 to the Wallace Lake junction #391, thence W along the Stock Driveway which follows the hydrologic divide to the Moose Creek Road #061 (same as the #300 road), thence NE along the 061 road to the junction with the 023 road W and N to where the 023 road crosses East Boulder Creek just north of East Boulder Meadows, then down East Boulder Creek to the Salmon River, then west and south following the Unit 28 boundary back to Meyers Cove.