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White River National Forest Issues Emergency Closure Order for Forest area around Basalt Mountain

July 4, 2018

White River National Forest Issues Emergency Closure Order for Forest area around Basalt Mountain

BASALT, Colo. – Due to the Lake Christine Fire, the White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure order effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2018 for all National Forest Lands north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area between the National Forest Boundary and Bowers Gulch to the west, and southwest of Red Table Mountain and Frenchman Creek to the east.

The closure area includes Basalt Mountain, the Cattle Creek area (including all of the single-track trails within the Cattle Creek Area), Sawmill Gulch area, the Seven Castles area including Otto Creek and Downey Creek, and all hiking, biking and motorcycle trails between Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass.

This closure order in place for public safety and so firefighters can conduct suppression operations.

  • National Forest System Roads Closed: Red Table Road (FSR 514); Basalt Mountain Road (FSR 524/524.1A); Cattle Creek Road (FSR 509); Slaughter Spring Road (FSR 430.1B); Brewster Gulch Road (FSR 430); Fitzpatrick Gulch Road (FSR 529/529.2A); Taylor Creek (FSR 510), FSR 464 to Timber Basin 
  • National Forest System Trails Closed: Lone Pine Trail System (Trail No. 1913/1913.3/1913.2); “Locked Gate Trail” (Trail No. 3510/3510.2); Taylor Creek Pass (Trail No. 1909); Basalt Mountain (Trail No. 1911); Trail; Mill Creek Trail; Blue Creek Flats (No. N524.1D)

The following persons are exempt from this closure order:

  1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  2. Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

For more information please contact the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. The White River National Forest is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver .  

View closure map here

View closure order here. 

Closure Area