NOTICE: Storms Damage Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Roads Impacted, Some Recreation Areas Closed
Heavy rain and flash flooding Monday night caused significant damage to portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Due to the damage, the National Forest Service has closed some areas until further notice. These areas are currently off-limits. Please note that this is a federal decision and that being in the prohibition areas could carry steep penalties.
Below are some relevant points from the closure order, as well as a link to the a map of the closed areas, and a link to the full order.
From Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest District Ranger Michael Martin:
Due to damage sustained to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest during the storm that took place on the evening of July 11, 2016, the Forest Service has determined that the affected areas listed in attachment A (below) have been deemed hazardous to public use. Many of the roads, trails and recreation sites sustained heavy damage and are unusable.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.
Closure Order AND MAP
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