Forest Service closes north Colorado forests
Extreme, historic fire conditions exist in the forests of northern Colorado, with fires seeming to spring up almost daily. With that in mind, the US Forest Service has taken unusual preventive action — closing the forest. Covid-crazed Coloradans have been flocking to the mountains in record numbers and the state’s current fires are suspected to be human-caused (accidental, not arson). The closures are intended to put a stop to that. No hunting, fishing, hiking, climbing, four-wheeling, cycling, boating, dog-walking, target shooting, or anything else you can think of.
Violations carry fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months. It will be interesting to see how compliant people will be, given the number who think merely wearing a mask is a violation of their rights.
All the fires — Cameron Peak, Calwood, Lefthand Canyon, East Troublesome, etc. — are still burning, but help is in the forecast. Teens and 20s on Sunday with up to 6″ of snow predicted for Denver and up to 12″ in the mountains. Fingers crossed.
(See this morning’s fire details.)