Smoldering in Summit: Campers must do their part to prevent fires (letter)
Recently, my husband and I set out to hike the Colorado Trail over the Tenmile Range from Copper Mountain to Breckenridge. Early into our hike, we came across a campsite with a fire pit that was still smouldering and smoking.
The camper was long gone but had left this fire unattended. There was a stream about 50 feet away. I took my sandwich I had packed for lunch out of it’s Ziploc bag to use as an improvised water container. We made eight trips from the stream to the campfire to make sure it was out completely and safe to walk away from.
We want to remind everyone that although we have been getting plenty of rain, there is always a risk for wildfires where we live. We love our hiking trails and forests, and we need to make sure we are all responsible enough to preserve them.
Let’s use a little common sense, so the beauty of the Summit County wilderness can be enjoyed by many generations after us.
Kelly and Nathan Claus
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