MORRISON, Colo. (AP) - The Hayman fire burn area will remain
closed indefinitely while the U.S. Forest Service rehabilitates the
terrain.
Officials extended the closure Wednesday to give crews more time
to identify roads and areas of the Pike-San Isabel National Forests
that can be opened and to install road and trail signs.
The Hayman fire, the worst in state history, started in June and
blackened 137,000 acres and destroyed 137 houses. Officials closed
the public land in the area in September.
Former Forest Service employee Terry Barton pleaded guilty to
state and federal charges of starting the fire. She faces up to 12
years in prison.

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