Landslide on M1 in Mendocino National Forest Closes Roadway

The following is a press release issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service:

The site of the landslide [Photograph provided by the USDA Forest Service]

Weekend storms have triggered a landslide on Forest Road M1 at Bar Creek, about three miles north of the Eel River Work Center. Forest officials have closed the road to assess damage and plan repairs.

Officials ask visitors and residents to avoid traveling in the area. To reach areas north of the landslide, the alternate route is to take Forest Road M4 north to Forest Road M2. From M2, take Forest Road 23N39 (Espee Ridge Road) west. The route will add approximately two hours of driving time, and conditions of those roads are unknown at this time.

In areas where a wildfire has occurred, significant rainfall and wind create hazards. Roads within the August Complex and Ranch Fire areas are subject to falling trees, landslides, rockfall, erosion, debris flows and flooding.

All visitors should be aware of the hazards of traveling through a burned area and prepare for an alternate route in case roads become impassable.

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