KAMIAH, Idaho - Despite substantial wildfire fire activity on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests that is requiring extensive commitment of the U.S. Forest Service workforce, many timber sales are continuing as scheduled.
Forest Service officials are urging the traveling public to be mindful of construction delays starting tomorrow (July 21st) or Thursday on road reconstruction supporting the future Crooked Christi timber sale. During this work, travelers can expect delays of 4-8 hours. Officials note that Forest Service Road (FSR) 672 is a major thoroughfare in the work area. Contractors are replacing several deep-fill culverts that will require closing the road for two days at each location. Road closure signs will be posted at alternate routes or junctions with sufficient space for turning around.
The tentative plan is to work on the roads in the following sequence starting on the north side and working south. However, reconstruction work may be active on any of the listed roads. Equipment operating signs will be posted as travelers approach work sites:
- Forest Service Road (FSR) 672|1
- FSR 672l (Crooked Road)
- FSR 9337A (Fat Christie)
- FSR 2056
- FSR 76047 (FDR)
- FSR 672K (Cracked China)
- FSR 9902 (Horner Springs)
- FSR 672
The work is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Center-Johnson project that encompasses vegetation treatments to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to insects and disease infestation, and to reduce wildfire risk to the local communities and surrounding federal lands.
Forest Service officials remind the public that the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area entered Stage II fire restrictions on July 16. For more on restrictions please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices