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Williams Fork Fire

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
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Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Areas of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests to reopen Tuesday, Nov 10th

Williams Fork Fire Wildfire
Closures – 11/9/2020

More areas of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests to reopen Tuesday
Forest remains in fire ban with closures around wildfire areas

FORT COLLINS, Colo (Nov. 9, 2020) – More forest closures are being lifted across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests as all Stage 3 restrictions are rescinded beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.Closures will remain in place around areas that experienced wildfire in Grand, Boulder and Larimer counties. These fire areas present a public safety threat as burned trees can fall unexpectedly, hot spots are still burning, and new hazards can be hidden under snow.“It will take us a little while to get everything open, adjust closure points around the fire areas, and remove closure signs, especially with the snow falling,” said Forest Supervisor Monte Williams. “We appreciate all the support we had during this unprecedented closure, and we ask everyone to be patient as our employees work to get everything ready for the public to return to our National Forests.”Snow has started falling across the Front Range this morning and predicted total accumulation estimates are on the rise. With an expected rainfall equivalency of half-an-inch, this event could be the season-ending event fire managers have been awaiting. The November weather outlook, however, remains warmer and drier than normal. The potential for new fire starts still exists, so a Stage 2 fire ban remains in place across the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.A Stage 2 fire ban means no open flames are allowed, including charcoal grills, wood stoves, and fire pits. Gas powered cooking stoves with an on off switch are permitted. In Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, the Stage 2 fire ban includes a no recreational shooting restriction but hunting with a license is allowed.“We understand that it’s cold out there, and folks who are camping and hunting at this time of year really want to have a warming fire,” Williams said. “But the potential for a new fire start hasn’t gone away, and we really need folks to honor these strict fire restrictions.”In addition, with COVID-19 cases on the rise across Colorado, the public is reminded to recreate safely by following local and state health orders, including social distancing and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible.“Outdoor recreation has become even more important to us all this year,” Williams said. “We are asking the public to help us take care of our outdoor places by packing out their trash and dog waste; parking only in designated areas; and staying on designated trails.”Plan your adventure in advance by visiting the official Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests website to find maps, closure orders and restrictions for the area you intent to visit, and always have a backup plan in case the area you intended to go is too crowded or is closed. The Leave No Trace and Care for Colorado websites provide helpful information on ways to care for our public lands.See a complete map of closures and fire restrictions across both Forests and the Grassland.Learn more about our fire restrictions and fire closure areas.  K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest ServiceArapaho and Roosevelt National ForestsPawnee National Grasslandp: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607
katherine.armstrong@usda.gov
2140 Yarmouth Ave
Boulder, CO 80301
www.fs.usda.gov/arp
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