NATIONAL FORESTS -- Restrictions on campfires, smoking and use of chain saws have kicked in at most of the region's national forests. Hot, dry weather will continue through the weekend as firefighters work to contain forest fires caused by lightning strikes. See the latest on the region's forest fires here.
In the St. Joe River watershed, several small fires -- some prescribed for forest health -- are restricting access to several roads and trails. Temporary closures include:
- Forest Road 201 from Bathtub Meadows to the junction with Forest Road 1258.
- Forest Road 762 from its junction with Forest Road 1258 to the end of the road.
- Trail 631 between Twin Lakes and Conrad Crossing Campground.
- Trail 28 between Twin Lakes and Fly Flat Campground.
- Trail 2 between its junction with trail 28 and Walo Point.
- Trail 629 between Twin Lakes and Fly Flat Campground.
- Trail 89 between Twin Lakes and Beaver Creek Campground.
- Trail 88 between its junction with Trail 89 and Trail 629.
- Forest Road 320 between Forest Road 218 and Heller Creek Campground.
Six small fires are currently burning in the upper St. Joe River watershed. None of the fires pose any threat to communities or infrastructure and are being managed to provide forest health benefits. The fires range in size from less than one acre to 20 acres and are expected to continue burning until fall rains and cooler temperatures extinguish them.