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Ashley forest roads to close for helicopter lifts

Ashley forest roads to close for helicopter lifts

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ROOSEVELT, Utah (AP) -- The Ashley National Forest says it will close some forest roads and trails in the Uinta Mountains this week for helicopter operations involving lake restoration efforts.

District Ranger John Kirkaldie says the helicopters will begin delivering heavy equipment, supplies and materials starting Tuesday until Sept. 9.

Kirkaldie says several forest roads and trails will be closed during that time because of the remote possibility that heavy loads could detach and fall from helicopters.

Officials plan to close Mill Park and all roads leading to it; the Yellowstone ATV trailhead, and all but the southwest shoreline of Moon Lake.

They also plan to close several hiking trails in the Brown Duck and Garfield basins of the High Uintas Wilderness Area.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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