JACKSON – Two public meetings are planned this week in Dillon and Wisdom to provide information on the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering slated July 1-7 near Jackson.

The U.S. Forest Service National Incident Management Team and other local agency representatives will conduct a public meeting Tuesday at Dillon Elementary School Gym at 22 N. Cottom; and Wednesday in the Wisdom at the Wisdom Community Center.

Both meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m.

An estimated 1,000 people have already gathered at the Rainbow event site, according to a news release issued Monday by Cass Cairns of the Forest Service.

A release over the weekend said that 23 warning notices and six violation notices were issued, and two arrests were made. Details on the nature of those incidents were not released by the Forest Service.

A special order is in effect designating the closure of several Forest Service roads within the Gathering area for resource protection, according to the weekend release.

Rainbow Family members are setting up their camp with kitchen areas, a kiddie village, slit trenches, and parking under the monitoring of Forest Service resource specialists and law enforcement to ensure compliance under the operating plan, according to the release.

The flow of incoming Rainbow Family members to the gathering site remains light but is expected to increase over the next week. Traffic along area roads is normal.

On June 18, the Forest Service learned that the Rainbow Family planned to conduct its annual national gathering on the Wisdom Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Participants began to arrive at the gathering site, located in the Saginaw Creek area 10 miles south and west of Jackson and Highway 278 in Beaverhead County, within a few days after the Rainbow Family announced their selection of the location.

The National Rainbow Family Gathering is under the management of a U.S. Forest Service National Incident Management Team. The NIMT is operating under a unified command with local jurisdictional agency representatives. The key objectives in managing this event are to provide for employee and public health and safety and minimize the impacts to natural resources, according to the news release.

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