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Forest Service reopening Lamoille Canyon Road after wildfire

May 24, 2019

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The Forest Service is reopening a national forest road in northeast Nevada that’s been closed since a big wildfire in the Ruby Mountains last fall.

All 15 miles (24 kilometers) of Forest Service Road 660, known as the Lamoille Canyon Road, were scheduled to reopen near Elko on Friday in time for heavy visitation expected Memorial Day weekend.

All trails, picnic areas, and national forest campgrounds along the roadway will be open.

Forest Service officials say contractors installed 3 miles (5 kilometers) of new guardrail. Work crews and volunteers also helped plant mountain mahogany seed and 2,000 sagebrush seedlings.

The fire that broke out Sept. 30 burned more than 14 square miles (36 sq. kilometers) and destroyed most of the buildings at a popular youth camp that opened in 1939.

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