Summer fires, burn scars lead to closure of Durango trails until summer 2019 | KOB 4

Summer fires, burn scars lead to closure of Durango trails until summer 2019

Meg Hilling
August 15, 2018 07:32 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – Trails north of Durango and within the burn scars of the 416 Fire will remain closed until next summer, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service.


Officials say while the fire is no longer a threat to nearby communities, its aftermath still presents some dangers.

"There are still hot spots, there are still areas that are smoking, there are areas eroding, there's debris flow,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald of the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest officials told KOB it amounts to about 35 miles of trails that are going to be completely shut down for the next several months—the equivalent of driving from Durango to Aztec, New Mexico.

Safety and weather are being attributed for the long closure, with the safety of outdoor recreationists remaining a priority for the U.S. Forest Service.  

 "As these storm cells come in, they are dumping rain in different places and different parts are eroding," Fitzgerald said. "And we aren't even going to start assessing it until we wait for all that to happen."

Forest officials are asking hikers to keep an eye on their website for any developments in the coming months.


Meg Hilling

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