The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District will be reopening a portion of the Lamoille Canyon to the public.

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, the public can access the Powerhouse Picnic Area and Talbot Trailhead. Forest Service Road 660 (Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway) will remain temporarily closed at approximately three miles above the junction of Nevada State Route 227 (Lamoille Highway).

“We are excited to be reopening a little bit of the closed area to the public,” said District Ranger Josh Nicholes. “We recognize how important this area is to our community and we are working as fast as we can to make the area safe again and open to the public.”

The Lamoille Canyon was closed due to the 9,000 acre Range 2 Fire. The Forest is extending the closure through the end of December 2018, while work is being done to mitigate rockfall hazards and rebuild destroyed guard rails along the roadway.

The Ranger District will continue to revisit the remaining closure area to see if additional sections of the closed area can be reopened.

“When we get enough snow to support snowmobiling activity we will evaluate conditions and look at relaxing the closure to accommodate winter sports activities,” added Nicholes. “We appreciate the public’s patience in staying out of the closed area until we can mitigate the safety hazards.”

The amended closure order is posted on the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices. For information about the closure contact Josh Nicholes at 775-738-5171 or watch for updates at https://twitter.com/HumboldtToiyabe and https://www.facebook.com/HumboldtToiyabeNF/.