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Backcountry remains muddy from June rains

Daily Staff Report
Special to the Daily Heavy rains in June have left some backcountry roads muddy and impassable. Drivers are being warned to take precautions to avoid getting struck.

After heavy June rains, a lot of roads in the wilderness surrounding Eagle County and western Colorado remain muddy. Forest managers are warning drivers about getting trucks and other vehicles stuck in the mud. “With the Fourth of July coming up, we want to make sure people don’t ruin their holiday weekend by getting stuck,” said Rick Doak, recreation program manager for the White River National Forest. “We have almost 1,500 miles of roads across the White River and while most are suitable for driving on, some are not.”

Drivers should stop and check out pools of water on roads and turn back if it doesn’t look like traction can be maintained, Doak said. Drivers who get stuck may have to wait until the road drives before they can drive out, especially in more remote areas, he said.

Road maintenance is about six weeks behind schedule forest because crews can’t reach some, said Ray Langstaff, the forest’s supervisory civil engineering technician.

Vail, Colorado

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