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Notice of Temporary Partial Trail Closure
Washburn, WI (Jan. 26, 2016) – Due to warm temperatures and deteriorating conditions all snowmobile trail grooming in Bayfield County has been suspended some sections of trails have been temporarily closed.
Expect varying trail conditions ranging from fair to poor. Trails are generally rideable with some icy, slushy, and bare spots. With cooler temps forecasted, expect more icy conditions. Trails in open areas/fields have very little to no snow cover. Use caution for exposed rocks, wet areas and icy conditions as trails could deteriorate quickly in a short amount of time.
Please keep in mind that some of these trails are on private land. Private landowners give us permission to maintain portions of these trails on their property. If a segment is in poor condition or if riding could result in damage, please refrain from use. Any damage to the trail system, especially those that exist on private land, will jeopardize our future use privileges and potentially result in permanent trail closures.
Under normal circumstances, winter ATV use is permissible only on snowmobile trails that are also designated as ATV trails. The warmer temperatures have created wet, sensitive and highly variable trail conditions. As a result, ATV use has the potential to damage the system and create additional problems when colder temperatures return. Until further notice, all ATV use is prohibited on the dual-use snowmobile trails. This includes tracked or wheeled ATVs and UTVs. However, ATV use is still allowed on the Tri-County Corridor and Town Road routes.
· Trail 13 South out of Washburn to the Tri-County Corridor.
· Trail 4 East and West out of Mason
· Trail 63 South out of Mason to Grand View
· Trail 31 South in Barnes.
Bayfield County Snowmobile Trail Conditions are posted on Snowtracks and at www.travelbayfieldcounty.com.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Phone: 608-267-2773 TDD: 711
dnr.wi.gov | wisconsin.gov
DATE: May 5, 2016
CONTACT: Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist, (715) 356-5211 Ext: 208; Jolene Ackerman, DNR wildland urban interface specialist, (608) 267-7677; Kristen Miller, wildfire information specialist, 608-266-2359
SUBJECT: Red Flag Warning issued ahead of opening fishing weekend in Northwest Wisconsin
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Friday May 6 until 8 p.m. for the following counties: Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer.
Anglers are urged to use caution as the opening weekend of the inland fishing season tends to bring unwanted fire starts.
DNR is suspending DNR-issued burning permits in all five counties affected by the Red Flag Warning along with some additional counties throughout most of the northern half of state. The public is being asked to be especially careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildfire.
Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking, chain saws, off-road vehicles or other small engines have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire. Please use extreme caution during these unusually dangerous conditions.
“History has shown that warmer temperatures, low relative humidity, gusty winds and the vegetation as dry as it is out there could lead to increased chances of fire starts,” said Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist.
The area of greatest concern is the northern half of the state where fire danger is currently hovering around Very High with no precipitation in sight. Much of the southern half of the state, where vegetation is nearing full green-up, has decreased to Moderate fire danger.
“We work very closely with the National Weather Service to make these determinations by monitoring the weather and vegetation moisture content for the next day to fine tune the exact counties at increased risk due to these conditions,” said Koele. “We tend to see more fire starts over the opening weekend of fishing due to many people enjoying the outdoors, having shore lunches and using off-road vehicles. Unfortunately, these activities coupled with dry and windy conditions could lead to larger fires, threatening people, homes and surrounding communities.”
In 2016, DNR has reported a total 334 wildfires. Follow the DNR Twitter feed for updates and the homepage dnr.wi.gov search keyword “fire” for the current fire danger, burning permit restrictions, fire activity and ways to protect your home and property from wildfire.
DNR Office of Communications. DNR Spokesperson: James Dick, 608-267-2773
Notice of Seasonal Trail Opening
Washburn, WI (April 28, 2017) – Bayfield County ATV/UTV trails will officially open Monday, May 1, 2017. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trails will also open on May 1, rescinding the closure order from earlier this year.
Although many areas are in good shape, recent wet weather and high winds have created some issues so please use extra caution when riding the trails once they are open. Trail conditions are variable and in early spring condition, so please tread lightly and report any downed trees or other issues as soon as possible to the Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department at (715) 373-6114.
As always, riders should use caution when out on the trails. Please stay on the designated trails and routes and follow the trail signs. Be aware that there may be grooming equipment on the trails.
Trail maps can be found at area businesses and can also be viewed and ordered online along with updated trail conditions at www.bayfieldcounty.org/323/trails. Updated trail conditions can also be accessed by calling the Bayfield County Tourism office at (715) 373-6125 ext. 5.
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For further information:
Bayfield County Forestry & Parks
117 E 5th St.
Washburn, WI 54891