Magruder Road - Travel Advisory
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR THE MAGRUDER CORRIDOR – FOREST ROAD 468
WARNING: The Magruder Corridor crosses through an area of active wildfire. Travelers are advised to exercise caution and be alert to the hazards associated with travel in this area. The following safety items are recommended for your consideration:
Falling trees – Travelers are advised of the high risks associated with falling trees. Areas with active fire and areas of previous fires have thousands of live and dead trees susceptible to falling at any time. The recommended safe distance from hazard trees is 2 ½ tree lengths. This distance may need to be extended if trees are upslope. Falling trees may dislodge rocks and debris which may create additional rolling hazards. Travelers are advised to carry a chainsaw to prevent becoming trapped between fallen trees across the road. Travelers should carry food, water, and camping supplies and be prepared to stay the night if the road becomes blocked or fire activity increases forcing additional closures.
Vehicle Traffic – Travelers are warned the Magruder Corridor between Nez Perce Pass and Salmon Mountain is an area of active wildfire. You are likely to encounter fire management traffic and must yield to these vehicles. Forest Road 468 is a narrow, winding mountain road with few turnouts. Encountering oncoming traffic may require you to backup a considerable distance to find a suitable spot for vehicles to pass.
Communication – Travelers are advised there is no cell phone service through the area. We recommend, if you decide to travel the Magruder Corridor, you carry a satellite phone to seek assistance should you require emergency services. Leave your travel itinerary with friends or family - noting your time of departure, destination, estimated time of return and what you expect them to do if your return is delayed.
Thunderstorms are accompanied by strong erratic winds. These winds frequently exceed 40 mph and can rapidly turn a sleeping looking fire into a fast moving, high intensity fire front. Strong winds often blow over fire-weakened or previously killed trees. Keep an eye to the sky and be alert for weather changes.
Heavy rains may also accompany thunderstorm cells. Travelers are advised to be on the watch for slides or debris torrents blocking the road. One such rain event and resulting debris torrent occurred on August 29 washing out and closing the Selway Road (Forest Road 6223) to Paradise at Indian Creek.