Press Release – The Black Hills National Forest continues to assess and respond to storm damage on the Northern Hills and Bearlodge Ranger Districts.
Old Baldy, Red Lake and Rimrock trails (Northern Hills District) are closed to public use due to downed trees from the storm.
Forest Service employees are working to remove debris in the impacted area. There are many hazards from uprooted and snapped off trees.
“For safety, please avoid these areas until crews have had an opportunity to clear debris and remove hazards,” said Steve Kozel, Northern Hills District Ranger.
Crews are using heavy equipment to open Forest Service Roads (FSR) 1601, 1602, and 1603 on the Bearlodge Ranger District.
The Cement Ridge area was also heavily impacted by the storm and there are many leaning and/or weakened trees from the storm. Again, Forest officials ask the public to plan routes carefully and refrain from travelling in areas affected by the storm.
Roads, hiking trails, motorized use trails and other areas will continue to be assessed for damage and blockage across both Districts.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.