PUBLIC LANDS BRIEFS
Wildfire on Dolores River Fully Contained
by Watch Staff
Apr 07, 2011 | 1463 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOLORES – A wildfire burning along the Dolores River upstream from the Bradfield Bridge was fully contained on Monday, April 4.

A Dolores Public Lands Office fire engine and crew remain on site to monitor the burned area and put out any hot spots.

The fire, which escaped from a campfire, was reported about 1 p.m. on Saturday and spread to an estimated 150 acres of National Forest and Colorado Division of Wildlife lands.

For more information, call 970/882-6836.

Most Roads Remain Closed to Full-Size Motorized Wheeled Vehicles

Spring is gradually coming to National Forest lands within the Dolores Public Lands area, and as roads dry out enough to support vehicle traffic, forest officials are opening the gates. A majority of high elevation forest roads, however, will temporarily remain closed to full- sized motorized wheeled vehicles until roads dry out enough to protect road surfaces and for public safety.

Although a road may appear dry at its closure gate, as it gains elevation or makes a turn onto a north-facing slope, conditions can change dramatically. Therefore, gates are not opened until all or most of the road can be used without traffic causing unacceptable damage, such as rutting, to the road surface.

In some cases, such off-highway vehicles as dirt bikes and ATVs may be allowed provided they are 50” in width or less, and the road is not located within a seasonal wildlife closure area (consult San Juan National Forest map or Mancos-Cortez Travel map for specific areas).

All Forest Service roads are open to non-motorized uses, including bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. When parking, do not block gates.

In spring, areas next to the road may still be deeply wet, which can result in a substantially stuck vehicle and damage to soils, wetlands and vegetation. Do not leave road surfaces where the ground is wet; check surface before driving on it. Mud-bogging or driving in wet areas on or off roads, in meadows and along stream courses is an illegal activity that is extremely damaging to soils, wetlands and vegetation, and violators face federal fines.

Springtime is when the Dolores Public Lands Office (DPLO) conducts prescribed burns. For more information on road conditions, campground status and burn locations, contact the DPLO at 970/882-7296 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.

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