(Silver Jack Reservoir, CO)
The area around Silver Jack Reservoir, as well as adjoining campsites, roads, and trails have been fully reopened to the public. This includes: the entire length of the Alpine Trail (FST 255), East Fork Trailhead (FST 228), The High Mesa Trail (FSR 133), and the East Fork Road (FSR 863). The Silver Jack, Beaver Lake and Big Cimarron Campgrounds are also open. The region was under multiple closure orders by the Forest Service in the wake of the recently contained East Fork Fire.
Loupe adds that post-fire concerns in burned areas include the potential for runoff and surface erosion during heavy periods of rain.
Tammy Randall Parker, Ouray District Ranger, urges the public to be cautious when traveling along routes in the area. “Our fire teams have completed a thorough mop-up of the fire area; however, during heavy rains, flash flooding can move fire debris onto trails and roads.” Citizens and recreationists in the area are cautioned to be aware of these concerns, particularly after rain storms.”