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King Fire Burn Area To Reopen


Saturday the US Forest Service will welcome visitors to all of the Eldorado National Forest.

The King Fire, which began on September 13th last year, severely scorched thousands of acres.

The threat of falling trees and hot spots made it too dangerous for the public. Jennifer Chapman with the Eldorado National Forest says people should still remain cautious.

“If you sense that wind is starting to pick up that would increase the hazard of falling trees out there in the fire area so we just want people to really be heads up about the fact that they’re going into an area with a lot of standing dead trees that could fall,” says Chapman.

Chapman says visitors should avoid parking or camping in areas where trees could fall, and hikers should stay on trails.

A recent flight over the fire area using infared technology for heat detection found eight hot spots in the Rubicon Canyon and three near the fire perimeter.

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