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Forest Service posts new Fraser Valley trail closures map

A new map has been posted on the Sulphur Ranger District website for Opportunities and Closures in the Upper Fraser Area which illustrates the closures affecting the Zoom Trail and portions of the Chainsaw Trail: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/conditions/srdbarkbeetle/logging-fuelreduction.shtml.

The entire Zoom Trail remains closed. The Chainsaw Trail remains closed from Elk Meadows Trailhead to the start of the Flume Trail. Heavy logging traffic should be expected on Forest Service Road 160 and Forest Service Road 159.

Falling trees are always a hazard when traveling in the forest. While logging activities are taking place, follow these guidelines to help avoid risks: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dense patches of dead trees, they can fall without warning.

Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.

Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if dead trees fall.

When driving in remote area of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall, you may be trapped. Bring a chainsaw to remove fallen trees from roads in case you become trapped.

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Do not rely on cell phones for safety as there is not coverage in many areas of the national forest.

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