Idaho and Montana Spring Travel Dangers on Forest Roads
Rock slides and mud slides have been reported on Idaho and Montana backcountry roads as spring approaches.
The main road to Elk City, Idaho, was totally blocked by a huge slide in late February and other roads have been subject to damage, especially in areas of last year's wildfires.
In the area of the Teepee Springs fire on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, landslides have damaged or totally blocked roads (see photo).
Jennette Dreadfulwater of the Nez Perce-Clearwater forests reported slides on Highway 14 and Forest Service road 443 (Falls Point Road). She asked that people report any slides or rock debris they encounter.
She also cautioned that conditions can change "minute to minute" in burned areas. Thunderstorms, rain-on-snow events and wind can cause slides. Blocked culverts can lead to washouts and, in rivers and streams, floating logs can be a serious problem.