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Flat Tops road restriction, hiking advisory issued

No Forest Service campgrounds on the Flat Tops have been closed, but the public is required to keep vehicles on Coffee Pot Road, and hikers are urged to stay out of the Flat Tops Wilderness area.

Forest Service spokesperson Rich Doak said if the Coal Seam Fire spread far enough north, Coffee Pot Road will be closed.

“We hope it doesn’t get that far,” he said.

As of Monday morning, Doak estimated the northern edge of the fire is about 12 miles southwest of Deep Lake, which in turn is about 13 miles straight north of Glenwood Springs.

The Flat Tops Wilderness area is located generally between Deep Lake and Trapper’s Lake to the north.

Coffee Pot Road starts near Dotsero and ends just beyond Deep Lake, and is the primary access trail to the Flat Tops from the southeast.

The popular Deep Creek Overlook is located just off the trail.

As for the Four Mile area south of Glenwood Springs, there are no trail closures and no camping restrictions, said a Forest Service spokesperson.

In Glenwood Canyon, the No Name, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch rest areas are all open.

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