Delta, Colorado, October 17, 2019 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests has announced a closure area around the Cow Creek Fire Area. Public access to the closure area is limited, and includes several Forest Service Roads (FSR), including: Owl Creek Pass (FSR 858) from the forest boundary up to Owl Creek Pass, the West Fork Road (FSR 860) from the intersection with Owl Creek Road to the Wetterhorn Trailhead, and Cow Creek Road (FSR 857). Several Forest Service Trails (FST) are also included in the Restricted Area, including: Wetterhorn Basin Trail (FST 226), Stealey Mountain South Trail (FST 258), Courthouse Trail (FST 218), Stealey Mountain North Trail (FST 219), Old Owl Creek Trail (FST 236), Cow Creek Trail (FST 220), Spalding Park Trail (FST 237), FST 219.1B, FST 236.1B, FST 236.1A, and FST 144.

This closure is being enacted in the interest of public health and safety. The public is asked to adhere to this closure and pay close attention to all signage. Hunters currently located in the closure area, which includes a portion of Unit 65, are encouraged to relocate camps as soon as possible, and are asked to direct their questions to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Montrose Office at 970-252-6000. The public’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated on this matter.

For questions concerning this emergency closure, please call the Ouray Ranger District (GMUG) at 970-240-5300.

For more information about the Cow Creek Fire, please visit:
Cow Creek Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6647/
GMUG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/
GMUG Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMUG_NF
Colorado Air Quality: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

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