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U.S. Forest Service gives update on road, trail and area closures

Sep 15, 2013 - From staff reports

The Shoshone National Forest has implemented a temporary area closure on the eastern side of Atlantic Lake along Trail 723. This closure is within the Popo Agie Wilderness on the Washakie Ranger District.

A horse carcass was discovered in the area and bears have already been visiting the site to feed. This closure is in place to protect human life and provide public safety.

Any violation of this order is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Road reopens

Dickinson Park Rd (FR 329) has reopened following the replacement of two bridges. The road, which was closed the day after Labor Day, has reopened early and is once again passable.

Visitors to this area on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest should be advised that recent weather may have made roads slick and possibly even treacherous in spots.

Hardluck Fire closure

Following the successful completion of work to clear hazardous fire-killed trees along trails and no additional activity on the fire over the past week, the Shoshone National Forest has lifted the area closure associated with the Hardluck Fire.

While the closure has been lifted, the U.S. Forest Service would like to remind visitors to remain vigilant in the area of the fire.

"Even though we have not seen activity or much heat on this fire for the past three weeks, the fire is not out," said Mark Giacoletto, Shoshone National Forest fire management officer. "We ask that anyone recreating or hunting in the area be extra mindful of their surroundings."

Additional hazards in the area include, but are not limited to, increased potential for falling or down trees, trail damage and increased potential for mudslides, especially with precipitation as is forecasted for this weekend. Avoid camping near dead or burned trees and use extra caution when traveling in burned areas.

For more information, call the Washakie Ranger District office at 332-5460.

Lost Lake closure

The area closure has changed for the Lost Lake Fire in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in the Shoshone National Forest. Lost Lake Trail (Trail 617) is now the only closure in the area of the fire.

Even though the area closure has shifted to a trail closure, the Lost Lake Fire is not out and hazards remain. Visitors to the area are asked to remain vigilant as conditions can change.

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