Forest Service lifts fire ban in White River Forest |

Forest Service lifts fire ban in White River Forest

SUMMIT COUNTY – U.S. Forest Service officials have lifted the fire ban in the White River National Forest, effective today.

“We’ve had considerable rainfall during the past few weeks and are projecting continued cooler and wetter days ahead,” said acting forest supervisor Steve Deitemeyer. “I’m pleased we can finally provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy campfires again.”

Backcountry enthusiasts, however, should still exercise caution. Because of fires on more than 44,000 acres across the White River National Forest, some trails are subject to erosion. High winds could bring down dead, standing trees, so when selecting a campsite, people should plan to spend the night in an area at least a tree-length away from trees that look unstable.

Summit County experienced fewer than 10 wildland fires this summer, all of which were extinguished. The largest one burned three acres below the Dillon Dam Road this summer.

Some fires, including the Big Fish fire in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the Coal Seam fire outside Glenwood Springs, the Spring Creek fire outside New Castle and the Thompson Creek fire near Carbondale, are not considered to be out yet. There is still the chance fires could rekindle if conditions become drier again, Deitemeyer said.

Trails near the Spring Creek Fire will remain closed until Sept. 30, 2003. They include the Spring Creek, Hadley Gulch, Boiler Springs and East Elk Creek or Centennial trails.

“We’re particularly concerned about hunters in the forest – particularly out-of-state hunters who may not be aware of the locations of fires in the forest,” Deitemeyer said.

Maps with fire locations are available at Forest Service offices in Aspen, Carbondale, Silverthorne, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Minturn and Rifle.

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