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Cameron Peak Post-Fire BAER

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
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2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Cameron Peak Fire Area Closure Changes; Know Before You Go

Cameron Peak Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
News – 7/1/2021

Cameron Peak Fire Area Closure Changes; Know Before You Go

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

Fort Collins, Colo., June 30, 2021 – Thanks to the hard work of Forest Service employees and dedicated volunteers, changes are being made to the Cameron Peak Fire area closure. Visitors to the area are reminded there are safety hazards within burn areas to be aware of, including but not limited to, falling trees, flood risks, stump holes and rock fall danger. Be sure to check local weather information and monitor for the risk of flooding in burned areas. Your safety is your responsibility.

Most campgrounds within the Cameron Peak Fire impacted area are exempt from the closure order, offering developed camping opportunities once they open for the summer season. Remember that the areas around these campgrounds remain closed. New areas opening up include portions of the Laramie River Valley and an area south of Storm Mountain. Some other areas in the southern portion of the fire scar are now open to nonmotorized travel. These areas are depicted on the map.

Most Forest Service Roads in the fire area are closed. Much of the area impacted by the fire remains closed for safety and natural resource protection until fire suppression repair work and recovery work can be completed. Details of the latest closure and map are available on our website. Remember, not everything that is closed is gated, so know where you are and do not enter closed areas identified on the map. Some Forest Service Roads within the closure may be required to access private land, but that does not mean they are open to the public.

It may be helpful to know some popular areas that have been heavily impacted may not be able to reopen this year, especially given the interconnectivity of the roads and trails systems. On the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this includes the Jacks Gulch Campground, the Swamp Creek area, many Forest Service Roads south of Deadman Road, Crown Point Road and others.

Visitors should always have a back-up plan in case an area has a temporary closure or is full. To help people plan their visit, we recommend everyone checks our Know Before You Go webpage for helpful tips, including closures due to the East Troublesome and Williams Fork fires on our Sulphur Ranger District.

There are more than 120 miles of Forest Service trails within the Cameron Peak Fire perimeter and over 350 miles of Forest Service Roads. Many factors come into play when determining when an area can reopen. Beyond the immediate risk of hazard trees, considerations need to be made for trail markers, erosion control and trail stabilization issues, travel route interconnectivity, damaged infrastructure like bridges, fire suppression repair work and other recovery efforts. Employees, volunteers and partners are working in numerous areas to keep recovery efforts moving forward.

Public river access is only open in the lower canyon. Be aware that the fire and spring runoff may have left new obstructions in the river, so be sure to scout it first. Check our road status page for the latest information as spring runoff damage and recovery work may have impacted opening dates. As visitors start to make plans for future recreational outings, they should expect to find a changed landscape, with the potential for both long- and short-term closures, as well as potential hazards. Fire recovery information is available on our website.

We know many people want to help with recovery efforts. The District is fortunate to have many wonderful organizations supporting recovery efforts. Both the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and  Wildlands Restoration Volunteers are holding public restoration events that are announced on their websites.
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