Date of Report: May 24, 2018
News and Reports:
Washburn County ATV trails will officially re-open Saturday morning, May 26th. This marks the end of our spring closure as county ordinances set Saturday morning of Memorial Weekend as the trail opener.
Washburn County received much needed rainfall, in amounts ranging from 0.5 to 0.9 inches across the County, Thursday morning. Fire danger has been lowered and we do not anticipate fire danger levels to be elevated to a point forcing ATV trail closures over the Memorial Day Weekend. Riders are, however, still encouraged to monitor fire levels prior to heading out on the trail. ATV trails automatically close at any time that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire danger is listed at very high or higher. ATV use on Washburn County Forest lands is also restricted during periods of very high or higher fire danger.
Fire danger conditions are listed at the website listed below:
If fire danger is elevated to very high or higher, Washburn County will have enforcement staff monitoring trails for unauthorized use. Be aware that fires can start from grass and dead leaves in contact with hot machine components. Be cautious not to stop or park machines in areas of dry grass or other forest litter. Be careful with any cigarettes or other smoking materials and campfires are not recommended. Please note that campfires on county forest lands are not permitted in the towns of Chicog, Casey, Springbrook or Minong (sand/pine townships).
Also be aware that not all trails have been graded for the start of the season and riders may encounter portions of rough trails.