Because of winter conditions in the Uinta National Forest, the Spanish Fork Ranger District has closed several forest roads.

Those closed are Salt Creek Canyon, Payson Canyon, Santaquin Canyon, left and right forks of Hobble Creek, Halls Fork Road, Springville Crossing and Pole Haven."The seasonal closures are necessary because of the hazardous condition of the roads during the winter," said Tom Tidwell, district ranger. "We are concerned for the safety of those people snowmobiling, cross country skiing and enjoying other winter activities. We are reducing the hazards they may encounter by eliminating traffic on these roads.

"The closures are also established to protect soils and vegetation, which become fragile and susceptible to damage during this time," he said.

Tidwell encouraged winter recreationists to exercise caution this winter. "Many people are unaware of the hazards of winter. Knowledge of the area, weather, route and the limitations of your body and equipment can ensure safe and enjoyable outings."