Should Public Access be Allowed Within Decker Fire Burn Areas?

The Forest Service is seeking comments on a proposal which would reopen roads but prohibit camping within Decker Fire burn areas on Methodist Mountain.

The Forest Service feels there is a need to modify the current Forest Order due to potentially hazardous post-fire conditions on Methodist Mountain. Concerns include flooding and falling trees and rocks due to post fire conditions. 

The modification would allow limited access on NFSR 101 (Bear Creek Road) and 108 (Methodist Mountain Road) but prohibit camping in the fire area for up to five years. Both roads have been closed to all motorized vehicles since November 2019.

The modified order would provide access to public lands and trailheads, while still maintaining public safety. Detailed information can be found here: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=58175

Comments must be submitting in writing to:
James Pitts
District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, Salida Ranger District,
5575 Cleora Rd.,
Salida, CO 81201

Comments are also being accepted via fax (719-530-2160), and email (james.pitts@usda.gov). Comments must be received by May 25th, 2020.

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