Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service issues fireworks reminder

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— The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people to leave their fireworks at home if they are visiting the Routt National Forest this Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks are never allowed on national forests.

People also are reminded to be responsible with their campfires and to watch out for falling trees - a heightened danger with the large number of dead lodgepole pines from the bark beetle epidemic.

There are no fire restrictions as of Saturday, but some campgrounds are closed because of the removal of beetle-killed trees, construction or snow conditions. The Granite and Hahn's Peak Lake campgrounds in the Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District will be closed during the holiday weekend. In the Parks Ranger District, Aspen, Pines and Teal Lake campgrounds also will be closed. Call the Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District at 870-2299 or the Parks Ranger District at 723-8204.

All campgrounds on the Yampa Ranger District are open. Call the Yampa Ranger District at 638-4516.

Delays expected on Red Dirt/Buffalo Park Road

Delays or temporary closure of Forest Road 100, which goes from U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbits Ears Pass to Red Dirt northwest of Kremmling, can be expected beginning Monday as contractors remove thousands of dead trees along the roadside. Call the Routt National Forest at 879-2299 for the most current information.

Horizons program needs volunteers and mentors

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers spend at least three hours a month with Horizons clients. Activities can include hiking, biking, bowling, swimming, fishing, walks and more. If interested, call Rebecca Hanson at 879-4466, ext. 111.

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