Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

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Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Teams must assess flood, erosion and tree danger in burn area
An aerial photo shows a portion of the 416 Fire burn scar, which will affect roads and trails for years to come. The U.S. Forest Service said at least 30 miles of trails and 7 miles of roads were damaged in the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service said it will likely be next summer before trails reopen in the 416 Fire burn area. Trails and roads suffered low, moderate and heavy damage from the blaze.
Damaged trails

According to a Burn Area Emergency Response report, 32.5 miles of trails were burned along with 9.6 miles of roads. The report covers the first 34,000 acres of the fire. Since, the fire has grown to more than 54,000 acres.
The report ranked the severity of burn damage to trails and roads in the 416 Fire burn area. Low severity means the soil structure is mostly undamaged. Moderate means that ground cover is up to 80 percent changed and soil structure is damaged. And high severity means nearly all ground cover is burned and the soil structure is highly damaged or destroyed.
Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail suffered mostly low and moderate burn severity. Goulding Creek Trail is low and moderately burned. Jones Creek Trail is mostly low burn severity, with patches of moderate severity. Dutch Creek Trail travels through mostly moderate and high burn severity. Little Elk Creek Trail is mostly moderate burn severity with patches of high severity and areas of low severity. Hermosa Creek Trail has mostly moderate burn severity with patches of high severity and areas of low severity. Clear Creek Trail, in the Hermosa Creek Wilderness area, is mostly low burn severity with areas of moderate severity.

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Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

An aerial photo shows a portion of the 416 Fire burn scar, which will affect roads and trails for years to come. The U.S. Forest Service said at least 30 miles of trails and 7 miles of roads were damaged in the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service said it will likely be next summer before trails reopen in the 416 Fire burn area. Trails and roads suffered low, moderate and heavy damage from the blaze.

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

The Lower Hermosa Creek Trail suffered varying degrees of damage from the 416 Fire. This picture shows erosion as well as dead, burned trees that have fallen across the trail.
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