We all know the fire danger in the area is extreme. The slightest spark, from any source, can start a forest fire. There are signs all around the area stating, “No shooting in the forest,” “No smoking in the forest except in your car,” “No campfires”— 98 percent of people will heed these restrictions. It’s the remaining 2 percent that we have to worry about. You can have 10 times — or even 50 times — the number of patrolling park rangers we have and some people will still do whatever they please.
I usually don’t ask dumb or stupid questions, but these are some I have to ask.
Why are the forests and campgrounds still open?
Why are the entrances not securely blocked with forest rangers and, if necessary, sheriff’s deputies?
Why do we have to wait until there is a fire to impose these restrictions? Or did everyone forget the Dude Fire of 1990?
Some people associated with the Forest Service are thinking, the rains are coming soon and this will reduce the danger. Why do we wait until then? Why do we all have to be on the edge of our seats until that time?
There’s not much we can do about Mother Nature, but we can reduce or eliminate the risk of human-caused fires by closing the campgrounds and forest. If this inconveniences a few campers, so be it. Just think how many people will be inconvenienced if their houses or businesses burn. Close the forest and campgrounds now!