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EARLY SPRING CONDITIONS ON THE SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST 2-8-17

The Salmon-Challis National Forest wants to provide maximum access and use of public lands while ensuring public safety. Currently, there are hazards associated with traveling in and around the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Forest visitors must be prepared to stay longer than expected due to changing circumstances. Weather conditions such as precipitation, wind, and temperature changes can rapidly change conditions on the ground. Wind can blow trees across roadways and precipitation can wash debris across roadways blocking access. Preparation for the unexpected is the best plan a Forest visitor can have. Items to consider include:

Adequate food, water, clothing, sleeping bags, and other provisions needed in case of inclement weather and extended stay is necessary in the area of travel.

Chainsaw and fuel, handsaw, and shovel, in case trees or other debris blocks road access.

Forest visitors should inform someone they know about where they are going and when they plan to be back in case an emergency situation arises.

Communications that will work in the area they plan to travel (cell phone, satellite phone or satellite emergency notification device).

Areas of particular concern are the Salmon River Road (#030), from North Fork to Corn Creek Boat Launch, Williams Creek road (#021), and Deep Creek road (#101) from the Williams Creek Summit to Panther Creek. There have been a series of over 20 slides onto each road over the past several days. Some of the slides have completely blocked the roadway with compacted snow and timber. Other roads on the Forest are experiencing the same conditions. “These observations are typical during the late winter and into springtime, says Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “We expect the conditions to be magnified this year due to current on the ground conditions and predicted weather.”

For more information on current conditions, please contact your local district office or the Public Lands Center in Salmon at 208-756-5100. Information can also be found on our website https://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf/ as well as Facebook https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF.




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