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wsp_scott

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Wildcat fire
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:35:07 AM »

I was in the gorge yesterday (3/26), the forest service has shut the area south and west of Swift Camp Creek Trail because of a fire that was discovered on 3/23. There were signs posted at the Wildcat Trailhead (which was roped off) and at the Rough Trail trailhead on 715. 

I did not smell any smoke (I went down the Rough Trail towards Parched Corn Creek) and only saw a couple of pickup trucks on the road, so I doubt this will last long, but figured I mention it so it doesn't ruin any plans.

https://lex18.com/news/2019/03/24/u-s-forest-service-wildfire-consumes-more-than-20-acres-in-red-river-gorge/
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 08:50:40 AM »

Yesterday (4/2) the area was still closed
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019, 12:31:04 PM »

Thanks for the updates. Tis a shame to think there's enough people in Clifty now to even cause a wildfire.
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 01:28:52 PM »

Copperas Creek was a zoo yesterday, there was a group of about 10 high school kids that had set up camp about half way to the falls. They had a fire going by noon and I was thinking/hoping that they did not burn the forest down. I was surprised by the number of cars for a Tuesday and then remembered it is spring break in Lex (and I assume other counties). No solitude in the gorge this week :) Hopefully more wildfires either
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 12:50:43 PM »

I wish they'd adopt controlled burning out there, it's getting to be a real tenderbox.

They use CB at a couple of the SNP in the state and the forests are doing GREAT!
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 08:19:46 PM »

I talked to someone with the Forest Service today about when the Wildcat area will be reopened. He said there are a lot of snags and half burned trees that need to come down. Because it is Wilderness, they can't use chainsaws so a cross cut crew needs to be organized. He seemed to think it would happen in the next month or so.
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 11:51:22 AM »

Is the northern trailhead for Swift Camp Creek still open?
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Re: Wildcat fire
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 08:27:59 PM »

You can see the map that is posted at the trailhead on the lex18 link. I think the only way to legally access Swift Camp Creek is from the Rock Bridge trailhead.
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