Burned areas and the associated roads and trails leading into burned areas remain closed with a few exceptions. Burned areas will have new hazards including weakened burned trees, burning stump holes covered in ash, unstable soils, risk of rolling rocks, debris flows and hazardous road conditions. In some cases, rehabilitation operations have begun and closures are in place due to heavy equipment working in the area. It is likely that burned area closures may remain in place through winter. Closures are in place to keep the public from entering hazardous conditions. Please see the map below for a general overview of temporary closures on the forest. For more information, please contact your local ranger station.
The Colville National Forest disproves the widely held notion that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. Today's 1.1 million acre forest was first shaped over 10,000 years ago by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys of today's Columbia, San Poil-Curlew, and Pend Oreille River flowing north into Canada before entering the Columbia River. These million acres in the northeast corner roll like the high seas. Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys. These ranges -- the Okanogan, Kettle River, and Selkirk -- are considered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Read full article.
The Washington Rural Heritage project went live with a new digital collection from the northeast corner of our state. The Colville National Forest Collection provides access to a sampling of the archival photos, maps, and documents held by the Heritage Department at Colville National Forest Headquarters in Stevens County.