· 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).
Of particular concern is the Salmon River Road, from North Fork to Corn Creek Boat Launch. The Mustang Complex Fire burned along approximately 55 miles of the Main Salmon River, adjacent to the Salmon River Road. There is potential for rocks and other debris to slough down onto the roadway and into the river. “Forest Employees started observing rocks and dirt sloughing onto the Salmon River Road early this spring,” says Jim Tucker, Operations Staff Officer for the Forest. “These observations are typical during the springtime. We expect the conditions to be magnified this year due to last summer’s fire activity.”
Currently, the Colson Creek Road #123 is washed out and impassible between mile three (3) and mile 12 at the Junction with the Long Tom Road.
In addition to debris and blockages on Forest roadways, visitors may also encounter waterways that have a brown or black color. Visitors are more likely to see this after a weather event such as a thunderstorm. This coloration is due to fine sediment and debris that runs off of the hillsides and into the streams and rivers.
For more information on current conditions, please contact the North Fork Ranger District at 208-865-2700 for conditions within the Mustang Complex Fire area or the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District at 208-879-4100 for conditions within the Halstead Fire area.