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Forest Service warns of flash flooding northwest of Salmon

By Michael Coats
Published On: Jul 15 2013 07:50:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2013 12:25:38 PM CDT
Challis Flash Flooding 3

Courtesy:  Jeri D'Orazio, Living Waters Ranch, Challis  

On Monday the U.S Forest Service issued a notice to people visiting the Salmon-Challis National Forest this week to warn them of the possibility of mudslides.

Thunderstorms are expected to blanket the region, and areas burned by the Mustang Complex fire last year are especially prone to flash flooding and mudslides. The Salmon River Road from North Fork to Corn Creek is at risk of seeing such flooding and slides. 

Here is the notice from the Forest Service:

"Heavy thunderstorms are predicted for the Salmon?Challis National Forest starting Tuesday afternoon, July 16th. Forest visitors must be prepared to stay longer than expected due to changing circumstances.

"Weather conditions such as precipitation and wind can rapidly change conditions on the ground. 

"Wind can blow trees across roadways and blocking access. Preparation for the unexpected is the best plan a Forest  visitor can have.  

"Of particular concern is the Salmon River Road,from North Fork to Corn Creek Boat Launch. The Mustang Complex Fire burned along approximately 55 miles of the Main Salmon River, adjacent to the Salmon River Road.

"There is potential for rocks and other debris to slough down onto the roadway and into the river."

“The Salmon-Challis National Forest, especially within and adjacent to last summer’s burned areas, has already been impacted by summer thunderstorms,” says Chuck Mark, forest supervisor, in the notice. “The predicted heavy rain that is to accompany the thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday are of concern.”

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