FORT COLLINS, Colo. Due to heavy rains and saturated soils the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland officials are closing portions of the Boulder and Canyon Lakes ranger districts to the public for safety. The closure will also help facilitate emergency response and recovery in those areas.
A map of the closed area, along with other flood information, is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/flood2013. Generally, it includes National Forest System lands in an area on the Boulder Ranger District north and east of State Highway 72. On the Canyon Lakes Ranger District it includes the area east of Highway 72 and the Forest boundary, along with an area east of Pingree Park Road and County Road 69 to Goodell Corner with the northern boundary County Road 68C to County Road 74E.
The Forest is discouraging all travel and activities on the Clear Creek Ranger District and the Pawnee National Grassland until further notice, as well as areas of the Boulder and Canyon Lakes ranger districts that are not included in the closure.
The current condition of many of the forest roads is unknown. The Forest has 230 miles of roads across the hardest hit areas on the Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts. Forest officials will be assessing damage as conditions allow.
The Forest Service is working closely with FEMA, the Incident Management Teams, the state and counties on the disaster response and will continue to do so.
We are working through an unprecedented event in Colorado, Forest Supervisor Glenn Casamassa said. Our priority is public and employee safety. I ask everyone to do his or her part and respect all closures.
Please use caution in all rain affected areas and travel only when necessary. Road status and closure information be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads.