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Some roads, trails around 416 Fire start to open

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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 8:30 PM
The Lower Hermosa Creek Trail suffered varying degrees of damage from the 416 Fire. This picture shows erosion and dead, burned trees that have fallen across the trail.

Areas around the 416 Fire burn scar are starting to open up.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that the closure area for the 416 Fire will shrink to allow public access, effective Friday. The burned areas of the fire are still closed to public entry.

“Hazards are abundant within the fire perimeter; areas are still burning, dead and burned trees are falling, trails are washing out and debris flows are continuing,” the Forest Service said in a prepared statement.

Junction Creek, Goulding and Elbert Creek roads are now open as are many segments of trails, the Forest Service said.

The main stem of the Hermosa Creek Trail, Hermosa Road and campground are still closed and so are many of the trails that are accessed by these roads, the agency said.

The Upper Dutch Creek and Castle Rock trails are now open, but Clear Creek trail and Jones Creek trail remain closed.

These roads and trails are closed:

Any portion of the Hermosa Creek Trail (NFST 514) beyond 3.5 miles south of the Upper Hermosa Trailhead south to its terminus at the Lower Hermosa Trailhead.Dutch Creek Trail (NFST 516) beyond 2.2 miles west of the Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail (NFST 522) west to its terminus at the Hermosa Creek Trail.Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail (NFST 522) beyond 0.4 miles south of its intersection with Dutch Creek Trail south to its terminus at the Mitchell Lakes Road.Jones Creek Trail (NFST 518) in its entirety.Goulding Creek Trail (NFST 517) in its entirety.Little Elk Creek Trail (NFST 515) beyond 1.8 miles west of the Elbert Creek Road trailhead west to its terminus at the Hermosa Creek Trail.Big Lick Trail (NFST 499) beyond 1.6 miles west of the Elbert Creek Road trailhead west to its terminus at the Hermosa Creek Trail.Clear Creek Trail (NFST 550) in its entirety.South Fork Trail (NFST 549), Neglected Trail (NFST 547) beyond 4.8 miles east of the Colorado Trail (NFST 520) east to its terminus at the South Fork Trail.Salt Creek Trail (NFST 559) beyond 3.1 miles east of the Colorado Trail east to its terminus at the Hermosa Creek Trail.Big Bend Trail (NFST 519) 2.7 miles east of the Colorado Trail east to its terminus at the Hermosa Creek Trail.jromeo@durangoherald.com

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