In a recent press release from The U.S. Forest Service, recent winter runoff produced a washout on National Forest System Road (NFSR) #525 — Potter Basin Road, located at mile post 1.172 on the Ouray Ranger District, northeast of 25 Mesa Guard Station. The road is not passable and is temporarily closed.
Closure barricades have been placed on both sides of the washout, with a passenger vehicle turnaround at mile post 1.084. Forest Service engineers are assessing the damage and urge visitors to avoid the area and respect road closure signs.
To stay safe, help protect our forests, and communities, the Forest Service reminds the public to “know before you go” and check current forest road and trail conditions.
The Forest Service therefore requests the following:
Never camp in a dry wash or in areas with debris lines or other signs of previous flooding.
Even small storms can turn dry streambeds into raging torrents in a matter of minutes.
Avoid camping in areas that are subject to flooding, such as stream beads, narrow canyons and washes.
Never drive around road barriers or through flooded roads; cars can be swept away in only two feet of moving water.
Never walk or drive through fast flowing water — turn around, don't drown.
Flash floods can occur at any time of the year; be alert for the possibility of flash floods anytime that rain is in the forecast.
Report any National Forest System road and trail damage to the nearest national forest office. Check the USFS Facebook page for updates and contact your local ranger district for current conditions before heading out on your trip.
For more information on current fire restrictions, conditions and recreation opportunities, visit theforestwebsiteorwestslopefireinformation.com.
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