Sawtooth National Forest issues closures ahead of eclipse

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STANLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Because it's Chinook salmon spawning season, the Sawtooth National Forest announced they will be closing some of their roads and recreation areas for the solar eclipse from Aug. 17-22.

The salmon are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and many of their spawning areas are in popular recreation spots.

Violation of these road closures can result in a $5,000 fine for individuals and a $10,000 fine for organizations.

The Upper Valley Creek Area and the Hell Roaring Creek Area will be closed to all motor vehicles as well as National Forest System Roads 304, 682 and 222.

Full maps of the closures can be found below.

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