The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to tighten the noose around the forests’ most damaging invaders by reducing to 10 miles the distance from which a state campground user may carry in firewood.
Paul DeLong, the state’s chief forester, said the increased presence of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer, beech bark disease, and oak wilt is behind the recommendation to go before the Natural Resources Board on Oct. 24.
The current rule states only firewood originating from 25 miles or less may be brought onto a state forest or state property or wood that comes from a vendor certified by the state as treating their wood to stop the transmission of pests or diseases.
“Buying local or certified firewood is an excellent way to prevent the movement of pest and disease that can damage our forests and community trees,” DeLong said.
From The Coloradoan, Fort Collins:
Steep, rugged terrain in an area heavily forested with mountain pine-beetle kill trees is keeping firefighters away from the Fern Lake Fire burning 660 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park.
“The area is so heavily fuel-loaded, so steep and rugged, that we can’t safely insert hand crews to do a direct attack,” said park spokesman Norm Rooker, adding that containment lines are being set up away from the fire where possible.
The fire remains uncontained, despite the limited hand-crew work and firefighting efforts from three helicopters. No structures are threatened, and the nearest campground is Moraine Park Campground about 3½ miles east of the fire. The campground remains closed since shortly after the fire started Tuesday afternoon
More than 90 people, seven fire engines and multiple heavy helicopters are working to fight the fire. A national fire team is being brought in to prepare for a long-term wildfire fight, Rooker said.
From KENS-TV, San Antonio:
Overnight camping will be allowed at Government Canyon State Natural Area in west Bexar County.
The park first opened to in 2005 and beginning today (Oct. 12), the public will be able to camp out Friday and Saturday nights.
The park is located on the far north west corner of the city, on Galm Road just off Culebra.
Space is limited to 25 campsites and there is a $6 entrance fee per person and an $18 fee for overnight camping.
From The Associated Press:
State and federal officials in Nevada have lifted fire restrictions that have been in place since the middle of June on most state and U.S. lands in western Nevada.
The restrictions expired at 12:01 a.m. today (Oct. 12) on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Carson and Bridgeport ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Nevada Division of Forestry’s Sierra Fire Protection District.
Agency officers say the increased fuel moisture levels and cooler evening temperatures make it possible to lift the restrictions. That includes state park land at Lake Tahoe, Washoe Lake and the Carson River Ranches portion of Ft. Churchill and Dayton.
The U.S. Forest Service still requires permits for campfires in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.