More than a month after the Maxwell Fire was contained, Forest Service officials have reopened the Lefthand Off-Highway Vehicle area to recreational use, Boulder Ranger District spokeswoman Elsha Kirby said this morning.

The area was closed for safety reasons after the fire burned around 60 acres there. The wildfire left hot spots and unstable soils prone to erosion and falling rocks.

Workers from the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest monitored the burn area, assessed the stability of the soils and did mitigation work to reduce the risks, Kirby said.

The recreation area reopened Sunday.

Rolling rocks and falling debris continue to be a risk in the area, and high winds or heavy rain may increase that risk, Kirby said. Visitors are asked to be aware of weather conditions and personal safety.

The Maxwell Fire was the third fire this year to start in the recreation area in Lefthand Canyon. Residents of the area have complained for years about fire hazards and other safety issues related to use of the area.