· Standing burned, or partially burned trees near roads and trails can be unpredictable and may fall without warning.
· Stump holes and burned root systems may be difficult to spot and can remain hot underground for many months, even through the winter. Avoid walking across burned areas or near burned trees in order to avoid falling through topsoil into one of these hot ash pits.
· Sharp staubs, remaining after small trees and brush have burned, may be present in burned areas making walking dangerous. Wear good boots if traveling in the area.
· Unstable soil will make footing treacherous, especially when wet. Rocks may be loosened and may roll or slide easily.
Forest Service saw crews and engineers are continuing work removing dangerous trees and ensuring main roads and trails are safe for passage, but not every hazardous situation is obvious or can be remedied. If traveling in a burned area forest visitors should carry a saw and be prepared to deal with trees blocking open roads or trails. Several roads and trails across the forest remain closed at this time due to trees that continue to fall in the area. These routes will be reopened once the areas are deemed safe for travel. Forest visitors are encouraged to contact their local Forest Service office for the most current known road and trail conditions.