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Mudslide Closes Road in the Bitterroot National Forest

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The West Fork Ranger District in the Bitterroot National Forest has announced that a section of the Magruder Corridor Road in Idaho is closed due to multiple washouts from high water. The washouts occurred yesterday as strong thunderstorms with heavy rains passed over the area. Three mudslides are currently blocking a two-mile stretch of the road making it impassable.

The washouts are located between Scimitar Creek and the CCC Camp, approximately 7 miles west of Nez Perce Pass and 4 miles east of the historic Magruder Ranger Station. This is the same area of last summer's Gold Pan Complex fires that burned more than 40,000 acres. The fires left burn scars on steep slopes with sparse vegetation that contributed to yesterday's slides.

The largest debris flow is located at Scimitar Creek where mud, rocks, and large trees from the slide took out a section of the road.

Forest officials plan to clear the slides and repair the road as soon as possible. Heavy equipment will have to be brought in and it will likely take road crews several days to clear all the debris off Magruder Road.

For more information contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269.

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