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Re: Rim Fire Forest Closure Order Set to Expire

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avatar Rim Fire Forest Closure Order Set to Expire
November 15, 2014 12:09PM
Sonora, Calif., (Nov. 14, 2014)… The Rim Fire Forest Closure Order expires on Nov. 17, and though this will increase recreational opportunities, caution in the burned area is still advised.

Though the vast majority of the closure order has been lifted, there are a few sections deemed too dangerous for public travel, including Spinning Wheel and several roads in the Cottonwood area, which will impact access to Cherry Lake. “Falling snags are still a concern,” says Jeanne Higgins, Forest Supervisor. “There are still structurally damaged trees in the Forest that can fall without warning. Wind, snow-load and insect infestations can negatively impact these trees for some time to come.”

Sedimentation flows and increased runoff will continue to pose a threat for a while as well. Watersheds burned by fire can take up to ten years to heal. In the meantime, it is important to note and heed signage warning of potential hazards.

The severely burned hillsides around Spinning Wheel remain unstable and are still subject to mudslides and sedimentation flows. Damaged public facilities have yet to be replaced in that area as well.

Steep cliffs and unstable trees remain an issue along the Cottonwood Road (1N04). As a result, access to Cherry Lake is only available via Highway 120. Unfortunately, access from Tuolumne city and Highway 108 are not possible due to safety issues.

Due to low water levels at the lake, motorized boats are not advised. The current water level renders the boat ramp non-functional.

The expiring Closure Order 2014-01 covered the area burned by the Rim Fire to protect the visiting public from a host of safety issues including fire-killed trees. Though most of the falling trees were mitigated through the salvage logging process, travelers should remain cautious.

For specific details regarding closures at the Spinning Wheel and Cottonwood areas, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus under the “Alerts & Warnings” section. You can also call a Visitor Information Specialist to learn about the few areas that remain closed. Contact the Stanislaus Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234 or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.

Re: Rim Fire Forest Closure Order Set to Expire
November 15, 2014 01:31PM
Any word on Keith Emerald's trial? It seems he's out on bail and that court proceedings were to have resumed on Oct 14 but the only online mention I could find dated on or after that date was this brief tidbit.
avatar Re: Rim Fire Forest Closure Order Set to Expire
November 15, 2014 05:03PM
Hard to find out anything without paying for a Pacer account.
Re: Rim Fire Forest Closure Order Set to Expire
November 15, 2014 08:45PM
Glad you posted about this, had been watching the closure and was wondering if they were going to be writing up a new one. I am planning a trip the 22-25 out eleanor and kibbie ridge area and was planning on hiking in from hetch hetchy. I suppose it will just be quicker to drive in now. Anyone have any idea how busy its going to be out there? Was kinda looking forward to having to walk in the 9miles to get away from people.

Also of interest, how badly burned is the area around eleanor? I've heard it was mostly spared, is this true?
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November 16, 2014 02:33AM
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