Forest Land Reopened

The U.S. Forest Service re-opened 9,000 acres of the Rio Grande National Forest after a wildfire burned for nearly two weeks in June.

The blaze destroyed 11 homes and damaged seven others.

Officials warn that the burn area is still hazardous and is advising against using roads and trails affected by the fire. The Church Creek and Beaver Mountain trails will remain closed, as well as the Million Reservoir area.

The 9,346 acre Million Fire started June 19 near South Fork in the Rio Grande National Forest. It was caused by the spontaneous combustion of illegally dumped sod.