Fire Public Use Restrictions in Effect starting Friday, July 28 at 1pm

DUE TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS & REQUIREMENTS ARE IN EFFECT FOR SHELDON AND HART MOUNTAIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FIRES, STOVES, SMOKING, other BURNING and EQUIPMENT:

  • PERMITTED: Building, maintaining, attending, or using campfires or charcoal fires is only allowed in Virgin Valley Campground on Sheldon NWR as well as Camp Hart Mountain and Hot Springs campgrounds on Hart Mountain NAR.
  • PROHIBITED: Wood stoves, smoker fires, and portable braziers are prohibited on Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.
  • PERMITTED: Liquefied and bottled gas stoves and heaters, and generators with an approved spark arrestor within an area at least 10 feet in diameter and barren of all flammable material.  
  • PROHIBITED: Smoking outside, except in areas barren of all flammable materials at least 6 feet in diameter, or in a vehicle.
  • PROHIBITED: Power saw operations. 
  • PROHIBITED: Welding equipment, including acetylene or open flame torches. 
  • Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines.

 

MOTORIZED VEHICLES:

  • Due to extreme fire danger, select roads on Sheldon and Hart Mountain Refuges may be closed due to hazardous conditions.
  • Vehicles are permitted only on roads where flammable vegetation and debris does not come in contact with the vehicle undercarriage.
  •  Vehicles are prohibited on roads marked as closed and on roads in which flammable vegetation or debris may contact the vehicle undercarriage. Be aware of Road Closed signs and Avoid Hazardous Road Conditions such as those shown below:
  • Vehicles may only drive on roads in which vegetation does not contact the vehicle undercarriage, such as that in the photo below.
  • Vehicles must be parked in an area barren of flammable material, including  vegetation (this includes all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars, pickups, etc.)
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  • All motorized vehicles must carry the  following equipment:
    • A shovel not less than 26 inches in  overall length, with a blade not less than eight inches wide;
    • one water container of at least one gallon in size filled to capacity or a 2.5  pound fully charged fire extinguisher;
    • Axe or Pulaski Pulaski
      The Pulaski is a special hand tool used in wildland firefighting. The tool combines an axe and an adze in one head, similar to that of the cutter mattock, with a rigid handle of wood, plastic, or fiberglass. The Pulaski is a versatile tool for constructing firebreaks, as it can be used to both dig soil and chop wood.

      Learn more about Pulaski
      with a handle at least 26 inches in length and a head weight  of not less than two pounds.
  • It is prohibited to operate any type of motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle not equipped with an approved and fully-functioning spark arrestor.
  • Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with these restrictions may result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

Road conditions are subject to change due to weather. Please check current weather conditions and be well informed and well equipped for backcountry travel.

*Don't assume that because a road is marked open you will be able to drive through. Refuge roads can become hazardous and impassable due to storm events, drifting snow, or wet and muddy conditions. Most areas on the Refuge don't have cell service and help could be hours away. Please carry a shovel, tire chains, warm layers such as blankets or a sleeping bag, first aid kit, emergency food, and at least one extra gallon of water in your vehicle.

Refuge Road Conditions:

Hart Mountain-Frenchglen Road is OPEN

Flook Lake Road: OPEN, however there is a permanent detour around Flook Lake. The road section through the lakebed is permanently closed. Traffic must use the bypass road on the west side of Flook Lake.  

Hot Springs Campground Road is OPEN

Blue Sky Road is OPEN

South Boundary Road is OPEN

Black Canyon Road is CLOSED at Refuge boundary. Other parts of Black Canyon Road are open. 

Skyline Drive OPEN

Barnhardy Road: OPEN

Poker Jim Road OPEN