Eldorado National Forest reopens portions of King Fire area

Some popular recreation areas will be re-opened to the public today, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Recreation areas such as the Rubicon Jeep Trail, Wrights Lake, Desolation Wilderness and the east side of Ice House Road are open to the public. Some recreation areas have been closed since Sept. 17.

“Although fire crews have nearly contained the King Fire, it is still active, and there are a lot of firefighting resources still in the area,” said Cabtree. “I intend to open more of the Forest to the public as soon as it is safe to do so.”

There is still active fire, fire related hazards and fire crews in some areas. The following recreation areas and roads remain closed to the public. These include, but are not limited to: lands west of Ice House Road, including Union Valley Reservoir; Stumpy Meadows, the Hell Hole Reservoir area, Sand Mountain Blvd, Peavine Road, and Eleven Pines Road.

Visitors are asked to comply with the updated forest order and are reminded that fire restrictions are still in effect. Forest service staff will be patrolling to ensure compliance.

The closure order and map are posted on the Eldorado National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.


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