GMUG Announces Bull Draw Fire Area Closures

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced a series of road and trail closures in response to the Bull Draw Fire. The remote lightning-caused blaze, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has reached approximately 3600 acres and is primarily burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, with a small portion crossing on to the GMUG.

Due to the fire’s encroachment on to National Forest System lands the following closures will be enacted immediately:

  • National Forest System Roads (NFSR) #425, #598, #599 and #668,
  • National Forest System Trails (NFST) #616 (Spring Creek), #617 (Little Johnson), #623 (Atkinson Bench), #622 (Big Johnson) and #624 (Atkinson),
  • NFST #625 (Upper Bench Trail), which will be closed at the end of NFSR #425.1A to prevent access to the other trail systems listed.

These closures are being enacted in the interest of public health and safety. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated on this manner. For questions concerning these emergency closures please call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

Fire Information Links:

  • Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information: 970-874-6602
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Closure Map (Updated)