During the evening of August 25, 2013 several thunderstorms moved across the Idaho Panhandle resulting in high winds and a large number of downed and damaged trees. To ensure a rapid and comprehensive response to the storm damage the forest has activated an Incident Management Team, like those used to manage wildfires and other emergencies, to quickly assess and manage hazards discovered in recreation sites across the forest. Assessment is focused only on developed sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. As assessments are completed information will be posted below indicating locations where recreation sites have been temporarily closed pending removal of hazardous trees. Please check back frequently for updated information.
Recreation Site Status:
Approximately 65 sites across the forest have been assessed and more than 50 hazardous trees have been removed from developed recreation sites. All damage assessments are complete forestwide and all hazard tree removal work is complete on the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District and St. Joe Ranger District. Two saw crews are continuing to remove hazard trees at locations throughought the Priest Lake Ranger District. No hazard tree removal is necessary in the Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry Ranger Districts. See the "Maps" section above for current status of specific recreation sites and for the locations where storm winds were most severe.
·Stagger Inn Campground/Waterfall Trail/Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, Priest Lake Ranger District - Temporarily closed due to multiple downed and more than 20 storm damaged hazardous standing trees.
·Beaver Creek Campground, Priest Lake Ranger District - Closed for the season due to more than 40 hazard trees discovered.
·All other recreation sites are open.
|Incident Type||Hazardous Materials|
|Location||Locations throughout the Idaho Panhandle National Forests|
A National Weather Service based assessment of areas most likely to have been affected by the storms has been completed. All hazard assessments are complete and two saw crews are continuing to remove the last hazard trees in Priest Lake Ranger District developed recreation sites and roads.