Vandals Plague California Campgrounds
The Pine Flat Campground below Pine Flat Dam in California's east Fresno County is closed because of vandalism and safety concerns, the Fresno Bee reported.
Vandals have stolen copper wire and plumbing fixtures from the toilets and sinks in the restrooms, as well as metal plates and steel doors, said John Thompson, county resources director who oversees the parks.
Taggers also have spread graffiti throughout the campground, Thompson said.
In addition, there have been reports of gang members assaulting campground visitors, he said.
Because the vandalism has caused the restrooms to flood, the water well that supports the campground is nearly dry, Thompson said.
"Until we resolve these issues, the campground will remain closed until further notice," he said.
Pine Flat isn't the only county park being vandalized.
Thompson said vandals have stolen copper wire and metal fixtures from restrooms at Avocado Lake and Lost Lake parks. Taggers also have hit both parks, he said.
"Throughout all the county parks, graffiti tagging is a daily occurrence," Thompson said, "and with the county's limited resources, it is impossible to keep up with painting."