National Forests Closed Due To Fire Conditions

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Riley Nanista, Writer

National Forests Closed Due To Fire Conditions

 

Due to uncontrollable fire conditions, all national forests from Jefferson County to the Wyoming border have closed for a while. 

 

The temporary closure applies to national forest service lands in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Boulder and Larimer counties and will be re-evaluated daily, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.

These closures might be the biggest closures these forests have ever seen. All of these forests and parks have never seen such a big fire closure before. There have been big fires in them and near them, but they have never had to shut down so many big forests at once due to fire danger and risk. 

 

“I understand the tremendous impact this closure has on people wanting to hunt and recreate on the National Forest,” Williams said. “We are taking a careful, measured and deliberative approach, factoring in the forecasts, fuel conditions, and availability of firefighting personnel.” said William. William is a national forest ranger. He has worked in these forests for almost 6 years now.

While the recent snowfall across Central Colorado on Sunday helped the finer fuels recover, it will do little to help the larger fuels like trees and downed logs, which are the driest fire managers have seen in 20 years.

“Both the Cameron Peak and Williams Fork fires have already been snowed on multiple times, and they both made big runs after that.” Williams said. “We are seeing conditions worse than 2012 when the Fern Lake Fire made a run through Rocky Mountain National Park toward Estes Park from under the snow in December. Fire season is not over in northern Colorado.”

These national parks will be closed until further notice.