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Forest Roads Damaged by Wet Conditions

Idaho Forest Road 247 rock slide. (Idaho Fish and Game, Townsquare Media)
Idaho Forest Road 247 rock slide. (USFS Photo, Townsquare Media)

Wet conditions have caused rock slides and have toppled trees in area forest roads in Idaho, west of the Bitterroot Valley.

Three roads on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests were reported impassible last week, according to a notice from Christine Bradbury of the Idaho forest.

The North Fork District’s Beaver Creek Road 247 was blocked by a slide and woody debris near Steep Creek, above the Aquarius Campground.

In the Moose Creek Ranger District, at least two roads were affected. Pictured is Selway River Road 223, which was blocked by boulders at milepost 13.1. Motorists are advised to stop at O’Hara Bridge, because there is no safe turn-around between the bridge and the rock slide.

The other road in the Moose Creek District is Swiftwater Road 470, which is slumping at the forest boundary.

Forest officials in both Idaho and Montana are advising extreme caution on the roads and trails of the National Forests.

If you come upon a damaged area in the Bitterroot Valley, call the Bitterroot National Forest at (406) 363-7100.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest number is 208-935-2513.

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