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Superior National Forest Storm Damage Update – July 10, 2024

Duluth, MN – July 10, 2024 – On June 24th, the Superior National Forest (SNF) issued an Emergency Forest Closure Order 09-09-24-05, for June Storm Restrictions - restricting occupancy and use in several affected areas across the 3-million-acre National Forest.

Today, July 10th, at time of release, the SNF has 25 roads closed. The Laurentian Ranger District closed two roads. FR 528 Lake 14 Brush Disposal Site Access is closed, and Forest Service staff are working to open this area. Please either seek alternate locations or wait for this site to open soon, dropping brush at the closure will only delay re-opening the road.

Notice to travelers - roads still have shoulder and infrastructure erosion, please see photos showing washouts that cannot be seen as you approach closure areas. SNF Staff encourages interested public to see all related storm updates on the Superior NFs website - http://www.fs.usda.gov/superior, see Alerts.

Summary of updates to Exhibit A - Forest Road Updates all effective today, July 3, 2024:

• LaCroix Ranger District made no changes.

• Laurentian Ranger District - closed FR 406 (Jordan Road) and FR 528 (Lake 14 Brush Disposal Site Access)

• Kawishiwi Ranger District made no changes.

• Tofte Ranger District made not changes.

The area continues to have an on-going travel advisory due to area blow downs (see release June 23), inconsistent water flow in streams and rivers, as well as connected bodies of water. Please be aware of swift, cold water and stay within your skill level and capabilities of those in your party.

Closure Daily Update Log:

• June 24 – Forest Emergency Order effective 12:01am, at the time of release, the SNF had 23 roads, 1 wilderness entry points and no recreation sites closed in Exhibit A.

• June 25 – the SNF had 25 roads, 2 wilderness entry points and no recreation sites. The SNF added 3 roads, opened 1 road and added an entry point.

• June 26- the SNF had 28 roads, 2 wilderness entry points closed.

• June 27: the SNF had 25 roads, 2 wilderness entry points closed.

• June 28: the SNF had 25 roads and 1 wilderness entry point closed.

• July 1: the SNF had 25 roads closed & reopened 1 wilderness entry point.

• July 3: the SNF had 22 roads closed and reopened 3.

Forest Order & Exhibits - The June Storm Restrictions Order Exhibits A and B have been updated. Exhibit C is no longer in use.

Storm Photos - Available for public use at flickr.com/photos/superiornationalforest/albums

Public Notice of Updates - Please be reminded this is an on-going weather event and Forest Order Exhibits will be updated periodically and public notice will be made as updates are posted. (see this link for map and other closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/superior/notices/?cid=FSEPRD1182857 ).

Travel Advisory - Visitors are encouraged to use extreme caution on canoe routes throughout the BWCAW and across the Superior NF. River and stream flows are fast moving with swift water and continue to rise in some locations; portages may be affected with flooding or more difficult to find. Stay within your skill levels and remain safe and flexible. If conditions exceed your group's abilities, turn around and exit the area. Also, remember to always wear your life jacket. https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go/floods

 

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