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Fire Officials Update Colorado Campground Status

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July 3, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Fire officials announced the lifting of all evacuations and the opening of all roads in the High Park Fire area this weekend, including Highway 14.

For now, recreational access in the lower Poudre Canyon is limited to river access only, The Coloradoan reported.

“Visitor safety is our highest priority,” Forest Supervisor Glenn Casamassa said. “The majority of campgrounds and recreation areas remain closed and general forest use is still prohibited within and surrounding the High Park Fire perimeter. Until a full safety assessment has been conducted and hazards are mitigated, these restrictions will remain in place. Hazards include falling branches or trees, rolling rocks, landslides and contaminated water.”

Hiking and dispersed camping is prohibited throughout the lower Poudre Canyon as all trailheads, campgrounds and picnic areas remain closed.

Camping sites in the upper Poudre Canyon could open as soon as today the Canyon Lakes Ranger District said. Dispersed camping along Pingree Park Road is prohibited as the Pingree Park, Upper Buckhorn, Monument Gulch and Rist Canyon neighborhoods are restricted to residents only.

Campgrounds in the Red Feather Lakes area are open.

Fire danger remains very high. All Larmier County and U.S. Forest Service fire restrictions remain in effect.

 

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