Wildfire forces closure of San Juan National Forest

The Wyoming hotshots join the San Juan Hotshots and start working the fire's edge on June 1, 2018.

The Wyoming hotshots join the San Juan Hotshots and start working the fire’s edge on June 1, 2018.

 

The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado is shutting down Tuesday for the first time in its 113-year history due to a drought-driven fire that has expanded to 22,131 acres. The 1.8-million-acre forest spans nine counties and is popular with U.S. and international tourists, who flock there in the summer season, which is just getting underway. Authorities in the national forest already had imposed fire restrictions. “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,” said Richard Bustamante, SJNF forest fire staff officer. The area will remain closed until there is enough rainfall to reduce the danger.

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