Friday, September 21, 2012
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More Trails to Open Late Friday for Recreation
Fire managers announce that the Bridger-Teton National Forest will reduce the area closure around the Horsetheif Canyon Fire effective 4 p.m. Friday, September 21. The smaller closure area will permit additional trails that have been closed due to fire operations to open Friday afternoon. After the conclusion of aviation operations, the public will be able to access the Snow King Summit, Cache Creek drainage, Crystal Butte, and Nowlin Peak.
Forest managers emphasize that the public may not use any of the opening trails until after 4 p.m. Friday. This time frame is necessary to facilitate aviation operations that include flying sling loads of gear suspended below helicopters.
Trails open effective 4 p.m. Friday, September 21 are:
· Cache Creek including the Putt-putt, Ferrin’s and Hagan trails
· Josie’s Ridge
· Snow King Summit and Summit Ridge
Some continued trial closures are necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from current fire hazards associated with the Horsethief Canyon Fire and to facilitate continuing fire operations. Trail closure signs are posted to distinguish areas where the public may access and use trails and areas that remain closed. Paragliders are reminded that a flight restriction remains in effect over the fire area.
Trails that remain closed are:
· Game Greek including the West Fork
· Leeks Canyon including the South Fork
· Wilson Canyon
· Horsethief Canyon
Entering a closure area is a violation of Federal law and punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals, and $10,000 for organizations and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Trail users may see evidence of suppression efforts including trees that have been cut or trimmed, especially on the ridge above Cache Creek. The Bridger-Teton National Forest greatly appreciates the cooperation of forest users during the Horsethief Canyon Fire. The public is asked for their continued patience and compliance with closures as fire operations ramp down.