The Forest Service blasted a major logjam Wednesday that has plugged up the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for several days, stranding hundreds of rafters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The U.S. Forest Service and outfitters familiar with the Middle Fork of the Salmon say they’ve never seen a logjam like this before.

Jackie Nefzger with Mackay Wilderness River Trips told NewsChannel 7 that crews spent Wednesday afternoon checking for debris. It will be Thursday afternoon before the river is reopened. She says the Forest Service wants to be sure the river is safe before they open it up again.

Hundreds of rafters were literally stuck upstream

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