Recent high winds over 100 mph in the Colorado high country have caused serious safety concerns, closed mountain roads and have caused property damage. If you plan on visiting the mountains or foothills in the near future, our local Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest Service is encouraging visitors to use extra caution.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt forests include 1.5 million acres that extend to the Wyoming border, south to I-70, and west across the Continental Divide.

US Forest Service SAFETY reminders:

  • Remember, falling trees are always a hazard when traveling in the forest.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dense patches of dead trees. They can fall without warning.
  • Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when the winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.
  • Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if dead trees fall.
  • When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall across the road, you may be trapped
  • Bring an ax or chainsaw to remove fallen trees from roads incase you become trapped.
  • Do not rely only cell phones for safety as there is no coverage in many areas of the national forest.
  • Remember- your safety is your responsibility!

[ via Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland- Resource Management ]