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February 11th, 2004, 04:27 AM
Thought this might be of interest.
http://www.themountainear.com/story1.shtml

Overland Fire burn area closes to public
- BOULDER COUNTY

The Overland Fire burn area is closed to all public entry and use.
The Boulder Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is implementing an emergency special closure for all National Forest land within the Overland Fire burned area boundary. The emergency order prohibits all entry onto Forest land and pertains to Forest visitors and well as private landowners. Private landowners can access their private land within the burned area across National Forest system roads, however, any other access onto National Forest land is prohibited.
Due to post-hazard risks associated with forest fires, the Forest Service is closing the Overland Fire burned area for public safety. "Hazards such as falling trees and unstable soil now pose a danger to people who enter the burned area. The closure will remain in place as long as safety issues and resource conditions merit it," says Christine Walsh, Boulder District Ranger. In addition, the closure order will serve to protect planned restoration efforts and help the area recover naturally so that it may be re-opened within the next three years.
Planned restoration efforts include:
Aerial mulching: Aerially mulching about 225 acres of burned land in the watershed above Jamestown.
Emergency road mitigation: An inventory of the burned area will determine exactly where culverts and other treatments may need to be installed.
Roadside hazard tree removal: Through coordination with Colorado State Forest Service, hazard trees along private property boundaries with the National Forest may be removed. Hazard trees may also be removed along Forest Service system roads in the burn area.
Early warning system: Two rain gauges will be installed to monitor rainfall within the burned area.
For questions or more information, please contact the Boulder Ranger District Office at 303-541-2500.