Storm cleanup continues on Douglas County forest lands
Clean up continues after strong storms, including a confirmed EF2 tornado, damaged forest property in southern Douglas County on July 1. The most significant damage is from Solon Springs south.
Crews are continuing to survey the damage and the extent is expected to be clearer next week.
Douglas County officials report all county parks are open and accessible. Some parks have scattered down trees that have been processed by hand. Clearing and cleanup operations are continuing.
All County boat launches remain open as well and cleanup and clearing operations continue at North Flowage launch on the St. Croix Flowage.
All summer ATV trails remain open at the current time as well; however, some trails may have significant downed trees presenting hazards and others may be completely impassible. In the coming days and weeks crews will be out inspecting trails and performing any necessary clearing operations.
Please monitor the 24/7 Douglas County Trail Hotline at (715) 378?4528 for the latest updates or contact the Forestry Department directly at (715) 378?2219.
Crews will be out inspecting the County Forest Road network throughout the week and clearing operations will continue. Many roads have considerable downed trees making for hazardous travel and others are completely impassible.
Aerial inspections of the general Forest property and all general access roads will be completed by the end of the week and areas that received the most damage will be further inspected by ground crews. Cleanup and salvage harvesting operations are planned as necessary.
There is no estimate yet how long cleanup operations will take.
The Douglas County Forestry Department is warning all users of the forest to exercise caution when venturing out on forest lands because downed and leaning or hung-up trees could pose significant hazards.
Firewood permits and salvage harvesting inquiries will be accepted after Monday, when the department has more information available. To report hazard downed tree areas, call the forestry department at (715) 378?2219.