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Fires restricting public access; check before you go

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, members of the media wa;l through part of the 104,457 acres Beaver Creek Fire in the Baker Creek area north of Ketchum, Idaho. With its mountain backdrop, Sun Valley is normally a playground for the rich, the famous, for super-fit pursuers of outdoor sports or the Big Wood River�s feisty brook trout. To many, it�s heaven. But the fire known as �the Beast� has raised hell with the sun-basking, fun-loving lifestyle. (Ashley Smith / Times-news)
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, members of the media wa;l through part of the 104,457 acres Beaver Creek Fire in the Baker Creek area north of Ketchum, Idaho. With its mountain backdrop, Sun Valley is normally a playground for the rich, the famous, for super-fit pursuers of outdoor sports or the Big Wood River�s feisty brook trout. To many, it�s heaven. But the fire known as �the Beast� has raised hell with the sun-basking, fun-loving lifestyle. (Ashley Smith / Times-news)

PUBLIC LANDS – Wildfires scattered throughout the northwest are affecting access to niches of national forests and other lands the public normally has access to for hunting, fishing, camping, berry picking and other late-summer pursuits.

Glacier and Yellowstone Parks have had to close sections of road briefly because of fires.

Near Priest Lake, the road to Lookout Mountain was closed for a couple of days  recently and reopened as State Lands crews fought a small fire.

Huge areas of central and southern Idaho are closed by major forest fires as sportsmen plan their early-season hunts.

Most fires and restrictions can be tracked online at www.InciWeb.com.

Otherwise, call local ranger district offices for updates.




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