Sierra National Forest continues to receive heavy winter weather

Contact(s): Alex Olow

Sierra National Forest continues to receive heavy winter weather.

For Immediate Release: Clovis, California February 11, 2019 - Over the past few weeks the Sierra National Forest has received a significant amount of rainfall and snow, with the snow levels falling to as low as 1500’ into the foothills. This weather is welcome for our environment but, comes with some associated hazards.

As continued winter weather is forecast this week, the Sierra National Forest encourages visitors to exercise caution when traveling through the Forest. Strong wind and snow accumulation increases the risk of trees falling, both those that have experienced recent tree mortality as well as green trees. These falling trees can impact roadways, picnic areas, trails, camping spots and parking areas. Forest Service, County, State and private crews continue to work very hard to reduce tree hazards across the Forest, keeping roads and seasonal recreation areas open. Dropping temperatures also provide ideal conditions for icy roadways.

The following tips should be followed to enhance the safety and enjoyment of a trip to your National Forest:

  • Keep informed on the latest weather conditions, particularly predictions of rain, strong winds and heavy snow. Consider postponing your trip until conditions have stabilized.

  • Carry snow/ice chains as they may be needed. Call Cal-Trans 1.800.427.7623 or visit their webpage Pack a winter survival kit with water, food, blankets, and collapsible shovel.

  • Be aware that trees can fall behind you potentially blocking your exit route; research alternate routes that are available;

  • Let family/friends know your travel plans and expected return time. Cell phone coverage is limited across the Forest.

Sierra National Forest, Forest Supervisor Dean Gould mentioned “The safety of forest visitors, residents and employees is paramount staying informed and being prepared are some of the best “tools” you can have..  When traveling on the Forest, please travel at a speed safe for the conditions - you never know what’s around a blind curve; there might be rocks, debris, a tree, or stopped or stalled vehicle in the middle of the road”.

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