FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Recreation, travel and other activities discouraged on local National Forest System lands

by admin on September 13, 2013

Find this news online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5435883
Date: Sept. 13, 2013

Recreation, travel and other activities discouraged in locations

BOULDER and IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to heavy rains and saturated soils the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland officials are discouraging all travel and activities on the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger Districts and the Pawnee National Grassland until further notice.

The current condition of roads is unknown. The Forest has 230 miles of roads across the hardest hit areas on the Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts. Forest officials will be assessing damage. Some road or area closures are expected.

Please use caution in all rain affected areas and travel only when necessary. Road status and closure information will be updated at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads.

“Visitor safety is very important to us. We appreciate people staying out of these areas until we can assess conditions, address safety issues and better understand the work we have ahead of us” said Forest Supervisor Glenn Casamassa. We are focusing our efforts on providing resources and support to the counties.”

The Roosevelt Hotshots, the helicopter stationed in Fort Collins, and other resources and Forest personnel have been assigned to the flooding incidents.

The Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger District offices are closed until further notice. Travel in these areas is very difficult. Visitors can keep up-to-date on office closures at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

Respect and gratitude,
Elsha Kirby
Public Affairs
ARP South Zone
ekirby@fs.fed.us
303.541.2532
2140 Yarmouth Ave
Boulder, CO 80301

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