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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Weekday Delays Planned for Forest Road 221 on the Salmon River Ranger District


Grangeville, Idaho (October 13, 2016) – Commercial hazard tree removal operations have begun in the Teepee Fire area of the Salmon River Ranger District. Equipment will be working directly on the roadway and delays are necessary for public health and safety.

Hazard trees are currently being removed from Forest Service road 536. When this work is complete, equipment and operators will move to Forest Service Road 221, also known as the Grangeville-Salmon Road from the junction of Forest Service Road 221G to the junction of Keating Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 536.  Work will require delays for traffic on a portion of the 221 road during hours of operation.

District Officials anticipate the logging operations and closures will begin on the 221 Road approximately October 19, 2016.

To lesson impacts to hunters and other forest visitors, the delays will be in effect weekdays only between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.  The road will be open with no delays on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.Mondaythrough Friday, and on weekends.

According to Acting District Ranger Scott Godfrey, “We know this is a popular route and that the delays will be an inconvenience. The delays are essential for the safety of the public and the equipment operators while allowing this important work to proceed.”

There is still commercial value in the dying trees burned in the 2015 Teepee fire, however they are deteriorating rapidly.  “We have a brief window of opportunity,” said Godfrey, “and we thank visitors for being flexible so we can get this important work completed.”

Visitors are strongly encouraged to check the Forests’ webpage at www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater for updated information on closures and delays.

For more information on Salmon River Ranger District closures, contact the Salmon River Ranger District Office at 208-839-2211 or the Grangeville Office at 208-983-1950.