416 Wildfire Grows To 22,000 Acres: The San Juan National Forest To Shut Down For The First Time In 113 Years
When people treat the nature not in a decent way, first it tries to teach them, then it attacks with all the power it has. The tragedy that’s happening now in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado is a real-life proof.
The thing is the territory will have to shut down its doors for everyone for the first time in 113 years. And that’s because of the drought-driven 416 fire that has turned into a massive 22,131 acres fire.
And that’s at the beginning of summer when the vast forest area attracts lots of worldwide visitors from all over the world.
Hank Blum took this video that shows a time-lapse of the 416 Fire from 12,101 feet.— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) 11 червня 2018 р.
Officials plan to bar most entry to the San Juan National Forest starting tomorrow.https://t.co/KX6I0crwUp pic.twitter.com/bgejFvuUmD
The access to the 1.8 million-acre forest across nine counties will be forbidden, and that’s the only option available. Here’s what Richard Bustamante, SJNF forest fire staff officer, says on the matter:
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 and property.
The ban will be active until the forest gathers up enough moisture to live under present conditions. What’s more, the fire made around 2,200 houses to evacuate from the area.
People all over the country try to help those who try to cope with the disaster. Indeed, the work of the firefighters is truly inspiring and deserves our respect. But the main thing people can do is to save the planet and prevent such wildfires in the future.
I am inspired by the heroic work of the firefighters working the 416 fire in Southwest Colorado. We are so thankful for your service. https://t.co/Wn6x7gJkfS— Cary Kennedy (@CaryKennedy) 11 червня 2018 р.
Wow: “The fire burned right up to the edge of Hermosa," but firefighters' fire line held, saving all homes. The 416 fire is now at 22,000 acres. The San Juan National Forest is closing to visitors. https://t.co/MSG5vSQMaQ via @denverpost— Jon Murray (@JonMurray) 11 червня 2018 р.