San Juan National Forest to close as 416 wildfire grows to 22,000 acres

The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado will shut down for the first time in its 113-year history as the drought-driven 416 fire has climbed to 22,131 acres. The closure order was signed Monday night and the shutdown will become effective Tuesday. It will prohibit entry by the general public into the 1.8 million-acre forest, across nine counties, at the start of the area’s busy summer season, which attracts worldwide visitors and tourists. The SJNF implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on May 1 followed by Stage 2 fire restrictions on June 1, but conditions continue to deteriorate as the 416 fire and the 1,000-acre Burro fire continue to grow. “Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire or spark could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care, or with human life [...]

2018-11-04T10:13:43+00:00June 12th, 2018|0 Comments