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Granite Creek Rd, Mosquito Creek Rd. and Shadow Mountain Rd. Close for the winter

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest announced that the Granite Creek road and the Mosquito Creek road, south of Jackson and the Shadow Mountain road, north of Jackson will be closed on November 24, 2015. These roads are currently not passable by vehicle and with more snow predicted on Wednesday, it is prudent to close the gates before the Thanksgiving holiday, when people might be tempted to drive these roads in search of Christmas trees. The Fall Creek road will remain open to vehicles. All roads will be closed on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 when the winter travel restrictions go into effect on the Forest. Every year the Forest hears of a motorists caught on a Forest road during a severe blizzard or storm. The results can be traumatic and/or fatal unless you are prepared. Make sure you check with local authorities such as the local Forest Service Offices about road conditions before you set out on your trip. Most Forest Service roads of the Bridger-Teton National Forest are covered with deep snow and are not maintained, and are impassable during the winter. Also check current and forecast weather conditions before beginning your trip. Many people are unaware of the hazards of winter travel. Harsh conditions of wind, cold, snow, or whiteout can turn an outing into a tragedy. Knowledge of the area, weather, route and the limitations of your body equipment, and vehicle or snowmobile plus a little common sense can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Layers of clothing which can be adjusted to prevailing conditions are best. Avoid tight fitting clothes and boots that may restrict circulation. Take extra socks and gloves or mittens, warm cap, matches in a waterproof container, fire-starter, nylon cord, general purpose knife, high-energy food, plastic tarp, space blanket, signal mirror, first aid kit, wide tape for repairs and metal container for melting snow. Snowmobilers should be certain to have wrench pliers, extra sparkplugs and drive belt, and a spare ignition key. Experienced snowmobilers always carry snowshoes (in case of machine failure), as well as the normal emergency and survival gear for winter. As always, the Bridger-Teton reminds visitors to the National Forest to make sure they have told someone of the planned outing. Before you leave, notify a responsible person of: - Your planned route of travel. Mark it on a map for them. - Your planned departure time. - Your planned time of return-be sure to check back in. When someone is overdue, keep calm. Notify the County Sheriff or District Ranger in the trip area. Either the county Sheriff or District Ranger will then take steps to alert or activate the local search and rescue organization. If the missing person returns later, be sure you advise the Sheriff or Ranger. The Bridger-Teton National Forest is vast, but in some areas those traveling by skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles must share the same routes and areas. Common sense and courtesy will provide a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. #buckrail #news