If you are headed into the Boise National Forest this weekend, be aware that some roads are closed due to damage from spring runoff.

The Idaho City Ranger District announced it has temporarily closed segments of NFS road 385 (Banner Creek) and most of NFS road 312 (Pikes Fork) to Graham for safety reasons.

The closures took effect June 1 and will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 or until rescinded.

As you can see in these photos, the road damage is very significant. Forest managers and recreation specialists patrol the roads daily and are continuing to assess the damage from the spring runoff. Warmer temperatures should fuel that runoff.

Forest visitors are urged to be cautious because weather conditions remain unpredictable and many roads in higher elevations may still be muddy and blocked by snow.

Check with your local ranger district before heading out.

Closure orders and maps for specific information on alerts and notices are posted on the Boise National Forest’s webpage.