Forest Service land closed due to the Waldo Canyon Fire will remain restricted for some time. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
The US Forest Service has extended closure orders, saying the canyon requires more maintenance and time to re-grow. The area to remain closed includes the Waldo Canyon Trail along Highway 24. Work there is expected to continue through the summer. There is a maximum 5,000 dollar fine in place for trespassing in the closed areas.
The Forest Service says over 40% of the Waldo Canyon burn area has been reopened to the public, including the Rampart Reservoir Area.
The Waldo Canyon Fire occurred two years ago this month. It burned over 18,000 acres and destroyed almost 350 homes, killing two residents.