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Custer-Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests announce closuresUpdate 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15

The Custer Gallatin National Forest has posted an area closure on its website, shutting down all lands, roads and trails in Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Park and Gallatin counties.

The exception is the Pryor Mountain portion of the forest, which remains open.

“The purpose of this order is to protect emergency personnel, public health and imminent life safety due to widespread flooding events, roads and facility damage in Carbon, Park, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties,” the posting said.

The closure is in effect from Tuesday through June 24, or until it is rescinded. Violations of the closure can result in a $5,000 fine or six months in jail.

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For more details, contact the forest office at 406-587-6701.

Closures are also impacting the Beartooth, Gardiner and Yellowstone Ranger Districts and includes all National Forest system lands within those districts as crews get out to assess damage, the stability of bridges and facilities.

“Many of our trailheads in the Paradise Valley and

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