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NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Concern for safety has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close a wider area around the 257-acre Middle Elk fire on the Flat Tops.

The fire started on Sept. 20, and was largely doused by rain falling the night of Sept. 24-25. It is in a spruce, fir and aspen forest about 30 miles north of New Castle, just west of the Buford to New Castle Road near Hiner Springs, and just north of the Garfield-Rio Blanco county line.

“While the fire has slowed with the recent rains and cooler temperatures, the risk of falling trees and snags weakened by the fire remains very real,” said Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin. “A change in the weather could also bring the fire back to life, further increasing the risk.”

Maps and a full description of the area closure are available at offices of the White River National Forest and online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver and http://www.inciweb.org.

The closure will affect hunters who may be planning to set up camp in the area for the upcoming rifle season.

A skeleton crew of firefighters and one engine remain on the fire in case warm, dry weather causes the smoldering wildfire to flare up.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is teaming with Garfield County and Carbondale to host an open house Oct. 10 on the redevelopment of Gateway River Park.

The open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be repeated from 7 to 8 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall. The event will provide an opportunity for area residents to learn more about the property and let them offer input.

Gateway River Park was purchased by the two local governments and the state agency in December 2010 with the aid of a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. Parks and Wildlife said a boat ramp at that location on the Roaring Fork River is the one of the most heavily used launching areas for fishing in the state. It was in private hands with an uncertain future. The governments acquired the 7.74-acre property to lock up river access for perpetuity.

The park is less than one mile from downtown Carbondale, just west of the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 133.

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