The Salmon-Challis National Forest wants to provide maximum access and use of public lands while ensuring public safety. There are hazards associated with entering a burned area. Forest visitors must be prepared to stay longer than expected due to changing circumstances. Weather conditions such as precipitation and wind 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:
· 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, shovel, fuel, in case trees or other debris blocks road access.
· Forest visitors should inform someone they know 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).
For more fire and road, trails, and area closure information, visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3062/. For further information related to the Halstead Fire is also available by calling 208-879-4114 or 205-756-5145.