Some areas of Roosevelt National Forest reopen for recreation

Much area remains closed due to hazards from Cameron Peak Fire

REPORTER-HERALD STAFF | PUBLISHED: December 23, 2020
From reporterherald.com

Although much of the area hit by the Cameron Peak Fire on the Roosevelt National Forest remains closed for safety, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Wednesday that some areas have been opened for recreation.

Forest staff opened the areas not directly affected by the fire after assessing them, according to a news release.

Recreation areas that have opened include the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead and restroom (giving access to Zimmerman Lake, Zimmerman Loop and Montgomery Pass trails); Cameron Pass Trailhead and restroom (which accesses the Cameron Connection Trail); and Joe Wright Trailhead and restroom. There the winter trail remains closed but the reservoir is open for ice fishing when appropriate.

The Long Draw ski route and Meadows Trail is also open, but most of Long Draw Road remains closed, including to over-snow vehicles, the release stated.

The area now open is on the western side along Colo. 14. Details of the updated closure and map are available online at http://bit.ly/2FyqCXV.

People also can get information on seasonal road closures on the website.

Forest officials said the general area closed is all National Forest lands east of the Laramie River Road north of the West Branch Trailhead and east of Colorado State Forest State Park south of the trailhead; west of County Roads 69, 63E, and 27; south of County Road 86; and north of Rocky Mountain Park and County Road 43.

Crews will continue to evaluate other recreation areas as conditions allow, they said.

Much of the area that remains closed was directly impacted by the Cameron Peak Fire or leads into impacted areas. Acres of standing fire-damaged trees, smoldering fuels and holes from tree stumps are among the safety concerns.

Fire restrictions on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland have been lifted, but fire prevention is still crucial there, the release stated, advising anyone who builds a fire to be sure it is out cold to the touch before leaving it.

SOURCE: reporterherald.com
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