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Forest closure near Winter Park shrinks

Due to the quick work of contractors and compliance from the public, the forest closure west of Vasquez Road to the western boundary of the Fraser Experimental Forest will be lifted ahead of schedule on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Several roads will remain closed while the final work is completed including: Leland Creek (FSR 159) from St. Louis Creek Road east to the Fraser Experimental Forest boundary and St. Louis Creek Road from the Leland Creek Trailhead south. Flume Trail, Fool Creek Road (FSR 162), King Creek Road (FSR 163), and Byers Peak Road (FSR 164) are also included in this closure.

The closure area is expected to shrink further next week as work wraps up on Leland. The reduced closure that goes into effect on Saturday includes roadways plus 300 feet on either side of the road.

Tunnel Hill

The Tunnel Hill Fuels project began Sept. 22. This project is creating a fire break between Winter Park Resort, the town, and the National Forest. Watch for delays along Tunnel Hill Road and intermittent closures along several trails in the area, including Ice Hill, Serenity and Lower Cherokee. Backcountry travel through active units in this area will be extremely hazardous as trees are being felled throughout the interior as well as along trails and roads. For more information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events.

Grand Lake area

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As of Monday, Sept. 24, Stillwater Road (FSR 123) has reopened from Idleglen to Colo. Hwy 125.

Effective Monday, Oct. 1, Little Gravel Mountain Road (FSR 190.1) will be closed at the intersection with FSR 123 during the replacement of the existing Trail Creek culvert with an open bottom arch. The new structure will remove a barrier to the passage of fish and other aquatic organisms.

The closure is expected to last approximately two weeks. No traffic will be allowed through the closure; however ATVs and motorcycles will be able to cross Trail Creek at a ford approximately one-quarter mile downstream.

Kauffman Creek Road (FSR 121.1) is closed for the season due to road damage and multiple contractors working in the area. Backcountry travel is allowed through this area so long as travelers remain more than 300 yards from operating machinery and chainsaws, and keep camps and parked vehicles out of the area.

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