Forest Service officials urge caution due to winter weather

— Recent rains and the freeze-thaw cycle have created hazardous conditions on some national forest roads and trails on the Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum, and Methow Valley ranger districts.  Rocks, mud, trees and other debris have impacted different areas of the national forest.

Those visiting campgrounds or trails located near streams, or driving forest roads need to be cautious and alert for high and fast running water, woody debris or log jams, and fallen trees, Forest Service officials say. 

Water across roadways could indicate a blocked culvert and increased potential for a road washout.  Visitors are discouraged from walking or driving across sections of roadway that may have standing or flowing water or debris flows.  Do not attempt to go around barricades.  Be alert! 

In addition, in areas where there have been recent large fires people should be extra cautious because this may be the first major runoff the fire area has experienced and slopes could still be unstable.  

Forest Service employees will be checking forest roads and recreation areas for damage, unplugging culverts and removing trees from roadways.

Before leaving home, the public is urged to check weather forecasts and contact local ranger stations to learn current road and trail conditions for the area where they will be recreating.  Also, carry a map of the area and think about alternate exit routes in case the main route becomes inaccessible or blocked.


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