Winds continue to topple both dead and live trees in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest.
Forest visitors are asked to practice extreme caution, especially in dispersed areas. Some popular dispersed areas where trees have fallen since last weekend include Camman Springs (Forest Road 127), Crown Point (Forest Road 139), Manhattan Dispersed Camping Sites, and parts of Swamp Creek (Forest Road 171). Downed trees are not limited to these areas. Trees are breaking off both high and low and in some cases completely uprooting.
Make sure to look for open areas when selecting a location to camp or park. Take a saw or ax with you to remove fallen trees from roads to avoid becoming trapped. Remember, your safety is your responsibility. Dead and live trees can fall without warning. For additional safety information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/hazardtrees.
Contract and U.S. Forest Service crews plan to cut more than 2,000 hazardous trees in recreation areas and along roads to address public safety. This may also cause some delays in opening and early or temporary closures at some recreation sites.
Make sure to check www.fs.usda.gov/arp; follow the Canyon Lakes Ranger District on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usfsclrd; or call the Visitor Information Center at 970-295-6700 for the latest information.