High winds knock down trees in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Winds topping 100 mph have caused trees to fall throughout the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests causing serious safety concerns, closing roads and damaging property.

Forest Service crews are assessing the damages and more information about the effects will be made available soon.

In the meantime, we are asking people who plan on visiting the forests to be aware of the potential for high winds and falling trees, and to plan activities accordingly.

Some good tips to help keep you and your family safe include:

• Tell someone where you are going.
• Establish check-out and check-in times.
• Stay informed about the weather; plan and prepare appropriately.
• Remember, high winds often increase the number of downed trees at recreation sites and on roads.
• Remember, both living and dead trees can fall.
• Travel slower on roads as many trees still remain down.
• Be aware that winds could weaken trees and avoid leaning trees.
• Travel with a saw in case you need to do some clearing.

The most current information will be posted at our web site, www.fs.usda.gov/arp as soon as it is available. You may also call your local Forest Service Office for current updates.

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