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Little Sand Fire dampened, roads opened

The monsoons have come. The sky is now filled with clouds; no more morning smoky haze or afternoon plume of smoke rising above north Pagosa Country.

Now, people can breathe deep again, and many of them are ready to get back outside and play in the Piedra Area of the San Juan National Forest. With roads and trails opening back up, recreation is in the full summer swing.

Elizabeth Reid with the Visitor Information Services of the Pagosa Ranger District sent out a release this week stating, “As a result of changing weather and fire conditions, the area closure put in place of the Little Sand Fire has been lifted, as have all trail closures (including the Piedra River Trail) and most road closures.”

The following roads have re-opened: First Fork 622, Monument Park West 630 and Trail Ridge 639. The Mosca Road 631 remains closed at the Weminuche Valley.

All campgrounds, with the exception of Williams Creek, are open. The Blanco River campground is open to group reservations only. Williams Creek campground will be closed for the remainder of the summer for dead tree removal.

As a note of caution for those entering these areas, Reid added, “While these areas have been re-opened to the public, numerous hazards may still be present as a result of fire, including dead/dying trees, trail washouts, isolated hot spots, etc.”

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