The Boise River is expected to be back open to floaters today, but on July 8—one of the hottest days of 2012 thus far—floaters were told to stay clear of the water for approximately three hours.
The Boise Fire Department shut down the river Sunday afternoon as more rafters were getting caught in a huge tree that stretched out to cover nearly 60 percent of the river's width. As the department's dive team pulled the tree from the water, Barber Park was also closed down temporarily in order to stop more floaters from entering the river.
Making matters worse was poison ivy along the banks of the river. A number of dive team members were treated for infections on the scene.