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Backcountry drivers are reminded to be prepared
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Backcountry drivers are reminded to be prepared

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is reminding drivers to be prepared for winter conditions when traveling in backcountry areas of the county. The Sheriff’s Office has already responded to several reports of vehicles stuck in higher elevations where snow has started to fall.

While the roadways have been relatively clear, Forest Service roads in backcountry areas have received more snow due to higher elevations. Backcountry travel hasn’t been restricted at this time, but the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is urging to drivers to be prepared when going into those areas.

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind travelers to carry tire chains, shovels and communication devices such as radios, cell phones and GPS. Drivers should also make sure to carry survival items such as extra food and water, extra clothing and blankets and snow boots. Before you go make sure to tell someone where you will be and when you expect to return.  If you do get stranded you are urged to stay with you vehicle.

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