Most people regardless of their location have heard about the High Park Fire burning here in Colorado. This particular fire has grown to an alarming 50,000 acres plus as of Friday. That is the equivalent of 78 1/8 square miles!
Because of the current high temperatures and lack of moisture in Colorado, the state is at an all time high risk for wildfires. While the High Park fire was started as the result of a lightning strike, this is often not the case. Sadly, often times wildfires begin at the hands of people.
On Thursday, John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado decided to impose a statewide fire ban to help prevent further forest fires this season. This fire ban will include the use of fireworks during the Fourth of July.
What surprises me is that I have heard people are getting upset by this decision. I for one, am for anything that will help to preserve the beauty of this state and safety of those living here. I can’t imagine being one of the unfortunate people that have lost their homes in this most recent fire. It would have to be truly devastating.
I can understand that there are things that people miss about not being able to burn fires. After all, I go camping just about every weekend and campfires are a big part of that environment. However, S’mores aren’t going anywhere and when conditions improve, I’ll be the first one roasting one up. Until then, a fire ban will not prevent me from enjoying the great outdoors.
How about you? Will having a fire ban in place prevent you from camping as often as usual?
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