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.

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And that’s at the beginning of summer when the vast forest area attracts lots of worldwide visitors from all over the world.

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.

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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.

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