The Badger Fire is located on the Minidoka Ranger District 20 miles southwest of Oakley, ID. The fire started on September 12, 2020 near Badger Gulch off Forest Road 533 and 536; the cause is unknown. High winds and critically dry fuels resulted in extreme fire behavior, including long-range spotting and fire whorls, and caused the fire to grow rapidly.
Command of the Badger Fire will transition back to the Sawtooth National Forest as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. This will be the final update for the Badger fire and all further communications will be handle through the Sawtooth National Forest.
Most of the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure has been lifted, there are several areas that will remain closed due to unsafe conditions or resource concerns. The following areas remain closed to the public:
The Rock Creek road up to Diamondfield Jack is all open but the areas to the side of the road are closed. The closure starts at the Forest Boundary to the fire edge at Third Fork Campground due to unsafe recreation facilities and potential for falling rock and debris run off. The public is asked to not stop on the roadway in Lower Rock Creek Canyon.
A majority of 50-inch ATV trails and motorcycle trails are closed to protect the existing trail tread from further erosion and damage post fire. Snags are likely to continue to come down after wind and precipitation events. Please see the map for closure areas.
The BAER team is currently making assessments on the burned area and the Minidoka Ranger District will be working with user groups to assess post fire motorized trail damage as well as potential effects on winter recreation. Reseeding and other stabilization treatments will be occurring in the coming weeks on lands within the fire perimeter.