White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Media Contact: Adam Bianchi, 970-262-3495 or Kate Jerman 970-989-4454
Dillon Ranger District reopens trails after Peak 2 Fire
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – July 21, 2017 – The Dillon Ranger District announces the reopening of the recreation trails that were temporarily closed due to the Peak 2 Fire. This past week, fire crews completed the contingency line and conducted extensive hazard tree mitigation on and around the Miners Creek trail. Approximately a ½ mile of the Miners Creek trail, also section 7 of the Colorado trail, is located within the burned area of the Peak 2 Fire. The Peaks trail, Miners Creek Road and Gold Hill trail are also open again for use.
“The crews conducted a lot of good work this past week on the Miners Creek trail,” said Adam Bianchi, Deputy District Ranger. “They focused on felling and clearing snags in the vicinity of the trail that posed a safety risk. This section of trail can be now be used again.”
The Miners Creek trail will be signed at both places where the trail passes through the burned area. The signage will remind people to stay on the trail within this section for safety reasons.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is for people stay on the Miners Creek trail for the section that goes through the burned area,” said Bianchi. “Beyond the trail corridor, there are still snags and safety hazards created by the dead, down and burned trees.”
Snags can fall at any moment, without notice or warning, especially in wind events and sporadic weather situations.
At this time there are no active flames on the fire, however within the interior of the fire there is a chance for some heat to still exist. The District would like to remind the public to stay out of the burned area for safety reasons.
Currently, one engine continues to patrol and monitor the Peak 2 Fire. Crews set up a monitoring camera early on in the week to monitor for any potential smoke activity within the perimeter of the fire. The Peak 2 fire remains at 85% containment. It is not unusual for fires to continue to smoke on warm, dry days for weeks or even months in heavy fuels. The fire could become active again, but firefighters do not anticipate much, if any, growth and the likelihood of the fire threatening communities is low.
The District is in the process of evaluating the burned area for potential erosion issues cause by the fire that could negatively impact Miners Creek. After an area experiences a fire, the potential for erosion increases due to the lack of live vegetation to hold soils in place.
Information for the Peak 2 Fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5321/ or @WhiteRiverNews, https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/ and by calling the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400.