OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Getting to where you want to go outdoors this winter, spring and maybe into summer could be difficult in some areas where roads were damaged by rain-on-snow flooding events earlier this month.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests have joined Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in warning recreationists to check websites and plan ahead for possible road closures. Be warned, however, that Forest Service websites are not always up to date. A call to district offices during weekday openings might be the surest bet.
Here's the latest from the Panhandle (not on the website as of Monday morning):
- FSR #314 (Boulder Creek Road), located on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District, is closed at mile post 14 on the to the Montana state line.
- FSR #419 (Lightning Creek Road) on the Sandpoint Ranger District is closed at milepost 7.5 to the junction of FSR #275 at mile post 18.0. See Lightning Creek at flood stage.
It is likely that additional road damage will be discovered, and further emergency closures may be needed to provide for public safety and prevent additional damage. Before venturing into the forest, visitors are encouraged to contact their local Forest Service office for the latest information on forest road conditions.