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Various sites on Nez Perce-Clearwater NF closed indefinitely

Posted at 9:43 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:43:22-04

MISSOULA — Throughout the into our stay-at-home order in Missoula County, many have relied on outdoor recreation to pass the time. Soon that will no longer become an option.

In Tuesday’s briefing from the Missoula City-County Health Department, Incident Commander Cindy Farr relayed information from the Idaho Forest Service.

As of March 28, all developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been closed indefinitely.

This includes Jerry Johnson Hot Springs and Weir Creek, both popular spots among Missoulians.

“If you decide that you want to violate those closures, then that could come with a $5,000 dollar fine,” said Farr.

Farr said she recognizes that outdoor recreation is a major part of the Montana lifestyle, but reminds you to keep a six foot distance between yourself and anyone not in your household.

People should also be cautious of handrails and other things you might come in contact with while outdoors.