San Juan National Forest set to close this week

DURANGO, Colo. (KKTV) The San Juan National Forest is set to close this week to implement Forest-wide stage 3 fire closures. Most entry into the forest will not be allowed.

The U.S. Forest service says it is to protect natural resources and public safety due to danger of wildfires. Wildfire danger remains high due to exceptional drought and fuel conditions.

The closure order will stop entry into the San Juan National Forest, including entry by the public and some Forest Service employees. Forest campgrounds, day use areas, roads, and trails will be closed.

Violating Stage 3 fire restrictions or going into a closed area results in a mandatory federal court appearance and is punishable by a fine up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or jail time of up to six months, or both.

The closure is expected to be signed into effect Tuesday, June 12th and remain in effect until the forest receives enough rain to improve conditions.