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Road Damage On Sierra National Forest – Whisky Falls Washout

NORTH FORK — As folks plan outings into the Sierra National Forest this summer, they need to be aware of the damage done to access roads across the Forest due to this winter’s heavy rains.

Many are asking specifically about the road to Whisky Falls (Forest Road 8S09) from Cascadel Woods, which is washed out about 1.6 miles up the mountain from the intersection with Road 223 (Cascadel Road).

Road 8S09 washed out in early February, and did not reopen after the winter closure. The road is impassable, and is just one of about 70 storm-damaged sites across the Forest in need of repair.

“We know how critical this road is and the importance of having access to the area,” says Alex Olow, Public Affairs Asst. for the Sierra National Forest, “not only for fire suppression purposes but recreational enjoyment as well.

“The Sierra National Forest has requested funding to repair this road, and the engineering staff is currently working on the design. As soon as the funding is available, this project will be advertised and awarded, and the road reconstruction will get underway.”

With so may sites in need of repair, SNF road crews are working on the most critical, main roads first, says Olow.

The Forest Service has compiled an interactive map of all the road damage across California’s forest lands, with exact locations and photos when available, so you can choose your route accordingly before heading out. (8S09 is #32 on the map).

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