The storm deaths of two campers this week has officials urging people to keep a close eye on the forecast and be prepared for changing conditions. Kris Reichenbach with the Superior National Forest also advises, don’t take risks or put yourself in a position where you’ll need help. She says, “If you go out in the wilderness, help can be a long ways away and you cannot expect to call 9-1-1 on your cell phone and [that] someone’s gonna be right there.” Reichenbach says rather than take chances to get out of the area in bad weather, campers may just need to hunker down and wait out the storm.
Officials say check the Superior National Forest website or Facebook this weekend for closures and other problems caused by storms that tore up the area earlier this week. And Reichenbach also suggests, if you’re going into the forest, let someone know when you’re leaving, where you’ll be, and when you plan to come back out. Reichenbach says if someone does end up missing, the best contact is the sheriff’s office.