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DNR requesting public to avoid River Valley OHV Park after weekend fire

  • 4/24/2018 12:24:00 PM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – A weekend brushfire that burned 300 acres of the popular River Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park in Council Bluffs has created dangerous conditions for visitors to the area, according to DNR officials.

While the OHV park’s main entrance is closed, pedestrians can still access the area from nearby walking trails. Michelle Reinig, supervisor of the DNR’s southwest state park district, is asking visitors to avoid the park until damage to the area can be fully assessed.

“Most of the trees within the park have been burned, and many are still smoldering,” said Reinig. “It’s very important for people to avoid the area while conditions are still hazardous.”  

According to Reinig, the two primary concerns are the potential for damaged trees to fall and the fire reigniting.  

Park staff is working with area foresters to conduct a forest health assessment of the damaged trees, and also is partnering with city and county officials to minimize further damage. The DNR will provide updates as more information is gathered.