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BOUNDARY CREEK ROAD 6-27-17

The Boundary Creek Road #40-579 and #40-568 is now passable. The Salmon-Challis National Forest wants to remind visitors to slow down as the road is still rough in places and speed increases the size of existing potholes. Road maintenance is scheduled for the Boundary Creek Road and Salmon River Road (#030) in July. Please use caution as there will be equipment in the area.

Many areas are experiencing high water. Damage to roadways and trails from the high water has been documented. Use extra caution around eroded banks and roads. Floodwaters may undercut the road surface leaving an unstable area that can collapse without warning dropping people or vehicles into the water. Turn around when encountering flooded roads. It is unknown what is under the water and the road may be gone causing your vehicle to be swept downstream with the water flow. Drivers should continually be on the lookout for damaged roads. The Forest encourages extra caution for travel at night and during periods of low visibility. Damaged road surfaces may not be marked and can be very hard to identify in the dark.

It was a big snow year and many roads are not opening as early as in years past. Wet and muddy conditions on roads and trails are still present in the higher elevations that have cleared in the Forest. Forest officials ask people to stay off muddy roads as not to damage them. In addition, please stay on designated routes. Motor Vehicle Use maps (MVUM) are available at the Public Lands Center in Salmon or the local Ranger District offices. MVUMs can also be downloaded from here: http://bit.ly/2mvums. The MVUM maps show designated routes for motorized recreation users.

Due to current conditions, forest visitors must be prepared to stay longer than expected due to rapidly changing circumstances. Weather conditions such as high water, precipitation, and wind can rapidly change conditions on the ground. Wind can blow trees across roadways and high water and precipitation can wash debris across roadways blocking access or wash roadways out. Be sure to let someone know where you are headed and be prepared with extra food and clothing.

For additional information, call the Public Lands Center in Salmon at 208-756-5100, or contact the local Ranger District offices. You are welcome to visit our website at: www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, ‘Like Us’ on www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF.




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