Working in the shop, we receive countless phone calls from anglers asking about the South Fork of the Boise and, to be honest, we know just as much as the local news allows us to know. So when we saw that the road to the South Fork was going to be open at 5pm, John sent Ryan and I out to investigate. On our drive up, we noticed that the shop on the hill just outside of Mountain Home burnt down. If you blow up the picture you can see cars that are torched around a heaping mound of rubble. You can’t help but feel bad for the person in the pink shirt out there in the middle of it all.
Here, the fire took out some power lines. The cables lay on the ground next to the Tail Waters boat ramp.
Animals that did survive were right next to the water. Here are a few deer that were eating what was left of the greenery around the river.
Most of the canyon walls look just like this picture below, covered in burnt foliage.
This downed tree would make it very difficult to float the rock garden downstream from the Pine Tree Hole.
Though the black burnt canyon blankets the South Fork, there is still green around the river’s edge.