ELKO – On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District will open to the public an additional mile and a half of Forest Service Road 660 (Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway) up to the “Climbing Rock.” The byway will now be temporarily closed approximately four and a half miles above the junction of Nevada State Route 227 (Lamoille Highway).

“With the help of community partners, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), and the Forest road crew, we have been making great progress towards making the area safe for visitors again,” said District Ranger Josh Nicholes. “We appreciate the public’s patience in staying out of the closed area until we can mitigate the safety hazards.”

Although Passenger vehicles are not allowed above the road closure, the closed area is opened to hikers. Winter sports will be allowed above the closed area once there is enough snow. The public is encouraged to use caution while operating above the temporary road closure as hazards still exist.

The Lamoille Canyon was closed due to the 9,000 acre Range 2 Fire. The road closure is necessary while work is being done to mitigate rockfall hazards and rebuild destroyed guard rails along the roadway. The District will continue to reopen sections of the road as safety hazardous have been addressed.