Wednesday March 12, 2014
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In my opinion the people that want it closed never use it anyway.
It is a control thing with them and the F.S.
I don't agree with Pat on this one. When it's this dry and windy,limiting access to the forest, is the only prudent thing to do. It's not a control thing....it's just common sense.
Pat, I use the forest for hiking, camping and other activities. Close it before someone burns it down!!! Saw a poster yesterday, it said. You think you cann't camp without a fire? Try camping without a forest.
Friday's Roundup lead off story started, "A slew of Memorial Weekend citations for violations of existing fires restrictions..." It's just a matter of time before someone starts the big one of 2012...then the forest will be closed. It only takes one careless/ignorant person to ruin it for all.
I'd agree to shut it down during the "high fire danger" periods. Just too many irresponsible people not paying any attention to restrictions. When you advise them that fires aren't allowed they become beligerent. The Forest Service has a tough job but another fire is the last thing we need. The aftermath of the Water Wheel Fire has put massive amounts of mud and silt into the East Verde and the quality of water flow and fishing has gone down. It's more than just the forest. As Gary said - "it's just common sense" to protect what we have left. A plan by the Forest Service to get some thinning done would be a stride forward.
Ben, well said.
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