Dear Friends and Community Members,
We at the FPAC want to extend our heartfelt wishes for health and well being to all during these trying times. It is an unprecedented situation and one that highlights the importance of community. We want to share a few thoughts with you concerning this wonderful area we call home.
On March 25th, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order. “From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of Coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” said Gov. Little. And on March 20th the City of McCall issued a Public Travel advisory to inform the public that McCall and its rural infrastructure simply cannot handle an increase in population currently.
We understand the need to be out in open spaces, to continue to recreate and enjoy the splendors that only mother nature can offer. With this we ask you consider the effects you may unknowingly have on others. Now is not the time for traveling to small mountain communities with limited infrastructure. If you are still traveling in the backcountry, we encourage you to step back on your pursuit of riskier lines and more remote locations. Ask yourself, “If something happens, will this place more burden on our already strained health care system and local resources?”
One of the awesome things about living in the West Central Mountains is the close proximity to many forms of outdoor recreation. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the place we live but please do so with care and consideration for all who call this place home. Thank you.
-Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center
*Current Closures 3/28/2020. From Valley County Facebook Page-
- Valley County has suspended all snowmobile grooming operations.-Payette National Forest Snowmobile Parking lots are closed (including West Face, Gordon Titus, Wallace Lane) as well as IDL Parking Lots (Francis E Wallace, Brush Creek, Green Gate)-Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack (including all uphill traffic and parking lots), and the Little Ski Hill are closed.- Boise National Forest has closed access through May 15, 2020. This includes roads, campgrounds, hot springs and other access in the BNF.- Manchester Ice and Event Center: Closed until further notice-Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center: Closed through March 31st.-Lake Cascade State Park Visitor’s Center & Ponderosa State Park Visitor's Center and Cabins: Closed until April 30th.- Idaho Power Boat Ramps, Parks & Day Use Areas: Closed until further notice.-McCall Fish Hatchery: Closed until further notice.