Wallowa-Whitman National Forest officials are assessing damage caused by Sunday and Monday's wind and rain storms that dropped up to 1 inch of rain across the forest, according to a statement released by the national forest office Tuesday.

Crews with shovels and chainsaws were dispatched to main roads and campgrounds to confirm reports received from the field, clear fallen trees and rocks, and do minor maintenance and repair from damage caused by the storm.

"Damage from the storm may pose several hazards to anyone using the Forest," said Jimmy Roberts, Acting Forest Supervisor. "Please pay attention to your surrounding and be safe."

If camping in developed and dispersed sites, users need to be aware of hazards pose by surrounding trees. In moisture saturated soils, even healthy trees are susceptible to being knocked down in high wind conditions.

Forest Service employees are monitoring and assessing damage on high-use roads and campgrounds. Travelers may encounter clean up crews on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway between Halfway and Joseph; Elkhorn Scenic Byway, through Anthony Lakes; Lostine Canyon, and other high-use forest areas.

"Please pay attention to warning signs or barricades," Roberts said. Those with questions concerning road or campground conditions or to report damage or hazards caused by the storm, please call the Forest Service offices Enterprise at 426-4978, or the Northeast Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171.

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