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Expect road delays on series of USFS projects, prescribed burn

Delays on Sears Creek Road for timber operations

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests visitors should be prepared for brief travel delays on Forest Service road 1106, aka Sears Creek Road, due to helicopter yarding at the Blackwall timber sale this month.

Tentative to begin this Thursday, April 12, helicopters will be flying logs from the Blackwall timber sale, located on the Salmon River Ranger District in the upper Green Creek drainage just south of Kidder Place, to a landing adjacent to Forest Service road (FSR) 1106 near milepost 1.5. This will necessitate traffic delays of approximately 30 minutes for public safety as logs are flown over the road. These delays will occur from milepost 1 to milepost 2.5, and flaggers will be on–site when traffic control is required.

Logs will be hauled from the landing on FSR 1106 to FSR 244, aka Lightning Creek Road, and then to Grangeville. Trucks will be using CB channel 4.

Work will be seven days a week and be completed by May 1.

Prescribed fire set south of Pollock this spring

A burn south of Pollock is planned sometime this spring, one of multiple prescribed fires to be conducted by the Payette National Forest. Depending on weather conditions burns could take place anytime from now to early June.

Of its projects, the New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn 500 acres in the Rapid River project area, 17 miles northwest of New Meadows.

Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. 

For information: New Meadows Ranger District, 208-347-0300, .

Work under way on Mill Creek Road; expect delays

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests visitors should be prepared for roadwork and delays on Forest Service road (FSR) 309, aka Mill Creek Road, on the Salmon River Ranger District during the next few weeks.

The project, which began April 16, will consist of grading the running surface, shaping and cleaning ditches, cleaning culvert catch basins, gravel surfacing, cattle guard replacement, and culvert replacement. Delays will be short at most of these work sites, but work at the culvert replacement sites will result in delays of up to four hours at each site. The project will be active Monday–Friday; weekend work is not anticipated. Work is expected to be completed in early May.

The project is taking place along FSR 309 beginning at the junction of Mill Creek and State Highway 14, continuing up the road for approximately three miles. Information about equipment operations will be posted to advise travelers of their proximity to work areas. Travelers should expect to meet dump trucks traveling in both directions on FSR 309; the CB channel the dump trucks are using will also be posted. Please drive defensively and note all posted signs and information.

Mill Creek, which is adjacent to FSR 309, is an important fisheries stream. This road reconstruction project is being implemented to ensure the road’s drainage system is properly functioning to minimize sediment impacts from the road. The culverts in this area are aging and being replaced to prevent failures which could impact water quality or visitor safety. 

For information: Mark Craig, (208) 935-4254.


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