Tornado salvage operations begin July 20, caution advised
SPEARFISH, S.D. — Salvage logging operations will begin Monday, July 20 in active timber sales impacted by recent tornadoes that hit the northern Black Hills.
High levels of logging truck and equipment traffic will occur on Tinton Road (FSR 134) from Spearfish south to the intersection at U.S. Highway 85. The public is advised to use extreme caution on this road and in the area for the next several weeks.
Officials ask the public, for safety reasons, to provide logging trucks and equipment extra time and space as heavy trucks are not easily stopped, especially on unpaved forest roads.
They also ask to please pull over as far as possible if a truck is approaching. This is so they have enough room to safely pass.
A safe environment will allow for an efficient operation to get the downed trees out of the area before they become infested with insects or blue stain occurs, making them no longer merchantable.