Forest Service Warns Trail Users of Caribou Wilderness Status

The Caribou Wilderness will likely remain uncleared of Dixie Fire damage through the year. The U. S. Forest Service reminds visitors that the area was heavily impacted by the fire and burned almost to its entirety. Trail conditions have not been assessed either and trail users should be aware that there are many standing dead and downed trees that present a high hazard to those visiting. Burn severity through the Caribou is also high and left a significant layer of ash across the forest floor, if kicked up ash particles in the air present a health risk. The FS doesn’t have a timeline for clearing and restoring these damaged trails. There is also a considerable layer of ash which is unhealthy to breathe. If you do choose to enter the wilderness, use extreme caution.