The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado will shut down for the first time in its 113-year history.
I closed the Burro Bridge Campground on Monday. So sad. Told the marmot about the fire. Cleaned the toilets. Burro Bridge has no cell phone service, so I thought I should close before I had to flee. On Tuesday all campers in all campgrounds had to be out by noon.
Aside from closing a campground and packing up there is the question of employment. Do we hang around and hope the campgrounds re open? Many of the hosts are scattering (“Well, I haven’t been to Kansas lately.” “I have always wanted to see Oregon, so I’ll head up there.”). What will happen if the NF is reopened? I will be hanging around, hoping that they can get the fire under control (only 15% contained today) and I get to open Burro Bridge again.
So, a last view of my favorite campground…