Forest service warns of hazards after heavy rains
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Forestry officials say strong winds and heavy rains have created hazards in two national forests in North Carolina.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the U.S. Forest Service says it has reopened some 50 miles of hiking and biking trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. But the forest service says recent weather has led the hazardous conditions in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests.
Trees on saturated soils have an increased chance of falling. High winds make falling trees even more likely. Saturated soils can also cause mudslides. Rivers and streams in the national forests are high and flowing rapidly, creating hazardous conditions.
District ranger Richard Thornburgh said the Carolina Hemlocks fishing pier on the South Toe River on the Appalachian Ranger District was washed away during the heavy rains.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com