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Chequamegon Flood 2018

Unit Information

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Rhinelander, WI 54501

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Teams are out on the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF assessing impacts from the recent stormImage options: [ Full Size ]

Father's Day Flood

The National Weather Service reports that portions of Douglas, Bayfield, and Ashland Counties received 6-10 Inches of rain while Drummond in Bayfield County received 15 Inches between Saturday June 16 and Monday morning June 18. A State Of Emergency was been declared In Douglas and Bayfield Counties,

These heavy rains caused severe damage in certain areas resulting in road and motorized trail closures. Forest Service crews have been assessed damage and began making emergency repairs. Progress has been made and many of the closed trails and some of the closed roads have been opened. Management of the Flood Response has been returned to the Washburn District.

A closure order remains in effect for some motorized trails and a portion of roads on the Washburn Ranger District. The closure order and associated map can be found on inciweb and at by clicking on Flood Updates.

If you are driving in the impacted area, please use caution and reduce your speed. Forest Service personnel have started to make emergency repairs to roads using heavy equipment and appreciate your vigilance.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeFlood
Date of OriginSaturday June 16th, 2018 approx. 06:00 AM
LocationNorthwest Wisconsin
Incident CommanderBrad Turberville, Washburn District Ranger
Incident DescriptionThe National Weather Service Says Portions Of Douglas, Bayfield, And Ashland Counties Received 6-10 Inches Of Rain Over The Past Three Days, While Drummond In Bayfield County Received 15 Inches Between Saturday And Monday Morning. A State Of Emergency Has Been Declared In Douglas And Bayfield Counties, Where Residents And Businesses Are Being Urged To Call 2-1-1 To Report Flood Damage
Coordinates46.334 latitude, -91.256 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size10,000 Acres


Planned Actions

Management of flood response was turned back to the Washburn District on 6/29/2018