The Bitterroot National Forest has reduced the closure area around the Roaring Lion Fire south of Hamilton, according to Tod McKay.

McKay, in a news release, said the public can now use Camas Creek Trail 125, the Coyote Coulee trail system, Trail 59 up the North Fork of Lost Horse Creek and the Lost Horse Observation Point Road.

Hazards are plentiful in these areas, however. For instance, trees with the roots burned away can fall at any time. Safety tips are posted at trailheads and in parking areas near the fire.

Still closed are Roaring Lion, Sawtooth and Ward Mountain trailheads.

The fire is still at 8,658 acres and is now 80 percent contained. At least 3 inches of snow fell on much of Ward Mountain last week. Crews are continuing to patrol the area and fire lines are being repaired.