BROWNLEE RESERVOIR/IDAHO – (Release from Idaho Power) Idaho Power closed its largest campground, Woodhead Park, and nearby McCormick Park, as a precaution due to a wildfire east of Brownlee Reservoir.
The Woodhead Fire, which had already forced the closure of Idaho Highway 71 at Cambridge, began moving toward the reservoir Wednesday afternoon. The Woodhead Park and McCormick Park campgrounds are not in immediate danger from the fire, but Idaho Power officials closed the parks as a precaution and to allow campers to safely leave the area. The closures will also reduce the number of people and traffic in the area. The closures include the boat ramps at both locations.
Access to Brownlee Reservoir from the Idaho side of the Snake River was already severed by the highway closure. The fire, burning on the Payette National Forest, had grown to over 27,000 acres Thursday morning.
The campgrounds are expected to be closed for at least a week. Campers with reservations canceled by the closure will receive full refunds. The company’s two other campgrounds in Hells Canyon, at Copperfield and Hells Canyon parks, remain open. Visitors must access them by traveling through Halfway, Oregon, via Oregon Highway 86.
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