Aug 27, 2012 7:11 PM by Greg Boyce
The Waldo Canyon Burned Area Emergency Response implementation team continues to clean up hazards west of Colorado Springs.
Two burned wooden staircases on the Waldo Canyon Trail have been identified as dangerous. The trail has been re-routed with the help of the Mile High Youth Corps.
Trees deemed to be a hazard have been removed from Meadow Ridge Campground, Thunder Ridge Campground, Promontory Picnic Area, and Aspen Grove Interpretive Trail. The Rampart Trail and Waldo Canyon Trail were also identified for the removal of hazard trees. Erosion control structures were installed by the Mile High Youth Corps and the Juniper Valley Inmate fire crew along both trails.
The Aspen Grove Interpretive Trail was identified as an area of concern by the BAER assessment team and recommended the removal of burned signs, benches, timber retaining walls, bridges, and a boardwalk. The removal of the burned debris was completed by the local Pikes Peak Ranger District fire crew and the Mile High Youth Corps, who also implemented site restoration work.
Fifty "Flash Flood" warning signs have been installed at 15 recreation site locations by BAER trail specialists within the Waldo Canyon Fire perimeter. The potential for flash floods and the threat to public safety due to those flash floods will continue until the vegetation recovers and the post-fire watershed response resembles a pre-fire response.
Areas in the national forest that were burned remain closed to the public and citations will be issued.