Laird Park Campground, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Palouse Ranger District, has been closed for public safety due to the Sand Mountain fire in the area.

In addition to the campground closure, several area trails will be closed for public safety during fire activity. The district plans to close Desalto Trail #8231 from the trailhead at Horse Camp to the junction with Little Sand Trail #8230, and Little Sand Trail #8230 from the trailhead at Little Sand through the junction with Trail #8231 south to Mica Mountain and the junction with Trail #8201.

Trail #331 will also be closed in its entirety.

Finalized trail closure orders will be available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Closure information is also being posted at the impacted campground and trailheads.

The Sand Mountain fire is located near the Horse Camp trailhead approximately five miles east of Laird Park Campground.

The fire is within the Idaho Department of Lands response area, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team from the Idaho Department of Lands in Deary is assuming command of the fire.

The fire is approximately five acres in size and burning in heavy timber with plentiful “dead and down” timber and snags.

Questions about the Laird Park Campground closure may be directed to the Palouse Ranger District at (208) 875-1131.

For updates on the Sand Mountain fire, please contact the Idaho Department of Lands.

The latest Idaho Department of Lands fire updates are available online at https://www.idl.idaho.gov/fire-management/fire-news-feed/.

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