Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pike National Forest not closing

Photo courtesy the Forest Service

I've now heard several rumors that the Pike National Forest is going to close, or the Barr Trail is going to close because fire danger was is so high. I checked them out, and according to Frank Landis at the Forest Service, there are no plans to close the forest.

The forest was last closed in 2002 when the Hayman fire started. Before such a closure happens again, Landis said, the Forest Service will first ban campfires in its camping and picnic grounds. Right now there is no such ban.

Fire danger, though, is EXTREMELY high. We don't recommend anyone have a fire or barbecue anywhere near the forest. Another Hayman is not out of the question right now.

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