Be prepared for spring conditions on public lands

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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. Precipitation, wind and temperature 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 the following:

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

• 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.

• Communications that will work in the area they plan to travel.

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. Other roads on the Forest are experiencing the same conditions. “These observations are typical during the late winter and into springtime,” says Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark. “We expect the conditions to be magnified this year due to current on-the-ground conditions and predicted weather.”

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