Some of the news reports are confusing as they blanketly say that Pike-San Isabel National Forest is closed. In fact it is "only" Pike. San Isabel (home to Elbert) is open. I verified this with the Leadville Ranger station (719) 486-0749.
Here's an article from the Denver Post:
Monday, June 10, 2002 - The Pike National Forest and federal lands in five Front Range counties were closed to everyone but residents, permit holders and firefighters in an unprecedented move by U.S. Forest Service officials fed up with repeated violations of fire bans.
The closure means the public may not enter 2 million acres of federal land by road, by trail or over land, perhaps until the snow flies. It's the first time a Colorado national forest has been closed because of fire danger, officials said.
"This is not a short-term measure," said Barb Timock, Public Affairs Officer for the Pike-San Isabel National Forest. "It's reasonable to assume these closures will be in effect for most of the summer."
Bureau of Land Management land in Douglas, Jefferson, Park Teller and El Paso counties were also ordered closed to the public. People who violate the order can face fines of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for groups, and up to six months in jail.
Here's a confusing one from the Boulder Daily Camera:
DENVER The U.S. Forest Service closed the Pike-San Isabel National Forest indefinitely for the first time in at least a quarter century after a wildfire roared across 75,000 acres of prime tourist habitat.
Forest Service spokesman Dave Steinke said other states, including New Mexico and Arizona, also have closed their forests.
He said it is the first time anyone can remember the Pike-San Isabel National Forest being closed. The area covers five counties southwest of Denver, and is a popular destination for campers, hikers and other outdoors fans.