Burned Area Closures for the 416 and Burro Fire have been changed

Closure areas around the 416 Fire and Burro Fire were established in early June to protect fire fighters and the public. These closure areas have now been reduced to allow more public access to unburned areas. Recent rains have reduced fire activity and currently, fire managers do not believe that these fires will grow or continue to actively burn. Because there are still hot and smoldering areas in the interior of the fire and the potential for debris flows, falling trees and flooding potential is high, a burned area closure is still necessary.


Closure area Map as of 7/12/18


The following trails and roads that were closed are now open: The Colorado Trail, Ryman Trail, Salt Creek Trail and Sharktooth Trail to Sharktooth Peak. The Junction Creek Road ( # 208) up to the Animas Overlook, the Hermosa Park Road (#578) and all the roads that branch off of it; Relay Creek (#580), Cascade Divide (579), and Scotch Creek Road (550.1) are also open. On the Burro Fire side, the Roaring Fork (#435), Divide Road (#564), Spruce Mill Road (#350), Turkey Creek Road (#352), Dillons Cabin (#351) and Twin Lakes Road (#346) are also open. Fishing along the shore of the Dolores River is also open.


The following areas are now closed to all public entry: All NFS lands between U.S. Highway 550 and the Dolores River on State Highway 145, bounded by the Junction Creek Road and Animas Overlook (NFSR 171) north to the Lower Hermosa Road (NFSR 576), mile marker 3.22 along the Elbert Creek Road (NFSR 581) along the southern Purgatory Ski Area boundary, excluding the entire Purgatory Ski Area boundary on the east side. Bounded on the west side by the Dolores River on State Highway 145 between the Rock Springs H Road (NFSR 556.H), the Morrison Trail (NFST 610), and north to, but excluding, the Roaring Fork Road (NFSR 435) and Divide Road (NFSR 564) on the west side. Bounded on the south side by, but excluding, the Rock Springs Road (NFSR 556) and Spruce Mill Road (NFSR 350), and east to, but excluding, the Sharkstooth Trail (NFST 620) to Kennebec pass. Finally east along the Sharkstooth Trail (NFST 620) to the Colorado Trail at Taylor Lake. Bounded on the north by, but excluding, the Hermosa Park Road (NFSR 578) and Hotel Draw Road (NFSR 550) to its intersection with the Scotch Creek Road (NFSR 550.1).

Roads that remain closed are the upper portion of the Junction Creek Road (#171), the upper portion of Elbert Creek Road (#512) after it leaves the Purgatory Ski boundary, Lower Hermosa Road (#578), Mitchell Lakes Road (#740), Hillside Drive Road (#436), Big/Little Pole Springs Road (#401/402), Rock Springs Road H (556 H), and West Mancos Road (561).


Trails accessed by these roads are also closed. See map for details. For further information call Gretchen Fitzgerald (970) 385-1219.


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