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Bitterroot Forest Areas Opened

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Gold Pan Complex cleanup. (USFS Photo)
The weather is allowing the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor to reopen the closed areas at the Gold Pan Complex in the south end of the valley.

Supervisor Julie King lifted all closures this week, including the trails and roads in the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas. Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said the Magruder Road Corridor is open and the Selway Road to Paradise is also open.

He cautioned travelers to watch out for fire-related and rain-related dangers – such as rolling rocks and debris, falling snags or trees, burned out stumps and mud flows. In fact, he suggested travelers carry a chainsaw – or in the wilderness areas a crosscut saw – to prevent being trapped by trees falling across a road or trail.

He also said to let people know where you are going, and when you’ll be back. Don’t camp near burned trees and constantly check the weather forecast. It could be wet and cold, with forecasters even predicting snow in some of the higher elevations.

If you start a campfire, remember to make sure IT IS OUT when you leave the campsite. The wood should be cold to the touch. Use lots of water and dirt to drown and smother the fire.

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