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Campground At Red Feather Lakes Closed After 200 Trees Downed By Storm

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Trees downed at Red Feather Lakes (credit: Larimer County Sheriff's Office)

Trees downed at Red Feather Lakes (credit: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

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RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (CBS4) – There were evacuations due to weather near Red Feather Lakes northwest of Fort Collins on Thursday.

Campers had to get to safer ground away from the Bellaire Lake Campground after the storm downed more than 200 trees in the Roosevelt National Forest. The campground, Molly Lake Trailhead and designated dispersed campsites 6-12 along the Manhattan Road had to be closed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Downed Trees At Red Feather Lakes

The tornado warning went into effect shortly after 2 p.m. for areas around Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes, although nobody spotted a twister touching down.

“The Roosevelt Hotshots, Canyon Lakes Ranger District firefighters, and other district staff are working in the area. Once the trees are cleared (including standing trees that pose a hazard), the trail and dispersed sites will be reopened,” Reghan Cloudman with the U.S. Forest Service said.

Additional Information From The U.S. Forest Service

It is also important to remind visitors we do have a closure in place for many roads and trails due to flood damage. Detailed information can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/floodrecovery. Additional recreation information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/arp or on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District’s Twitter account @usfsclrd.

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