Public may encounter logging traffic and timber clearing this summer in Dillon Ranger District

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Visitors to National Forest System lands in the Dillon Ranger District may encounter logging traffic and timber clearing this summer in multiple locations as work continues to reduce fuels for wildfire and improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

In the Miner’s Creek area South of Frisco, people using Bills Ranch, Peaks, or Masontown trails could encounter temporary trail closures of up to 30 minutes as crews clear trees and brush to create fuel breaks on approximately 42 acres.

In Breckenridge, the public may encounter logging traffic on Barton Road and Blue Ridge Road as work has started on fuel breaks west of Airport Road on 43 acres of National Forest System and Summit County lands. Crews are also working fuel breaks on 4.5 acres of National Forest System land near the Peak 7 neighborhood on the north side of Ski Hill Road, directly west of Protector Circle. Additional fuels reduction work is being planned in the French Gulch/Prospect Hill area north of the Wellington neighborhood.

Timber removal recently started west of Keystone Resort approximately three miles up the Keystone Gulch Road; about eight miles north of Silverthorne west of the Sierra Bosque Subdivision and north of Boulder Creek; and five miles west of Green Mountain Reservoir on Spring Creek Road.

Currently timber contractors are completing a nine-year effort to improve forest health and fuels reduction activities southeast of Frisco on Ophir Mountain by cleaning and closing temporary roads before leaving the area. Fuels reduction work was completed along Montezuma Road earlier this month. Later this summer, contractors will be moving to the Golden Horseshoe area of Breckenridge and hauling on the Prospect Hill Road (GH-38). The public is asked to use caution while in these areas as the roads can be narrow in spots. 

“We appreciate the public’s patience as we complete these important projects across the county, which will help us decrease the risk and impacts of wildfire to communities and improve firefighter safety by creating defensible space and fuel breaks,” said Dillon District Ranger Bill Jackson. “These projects also will foster healthy forest conditions and improve wildlife habitat by promoting the regeneration and diversity of new forests.”

The Dillon Ranger District works with a number of partners to make these fuel reduction projects happen, including Summit County Strong Future Fund, Denver Water’s From Forests to Faucets Program, The Nature Conservancy, and the Colorado State Forest Service’s Good Neighbor Authority. 

Please check the White River National Forest website for updated information at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver. If you have any questions, please contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400.

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