Thursday, June 23, 2005

Fire Danger Coses Wilderness in AZ

Quote from the place where Amy and our gang spent some vacation time in April..Fire danger closes wilderness:

"Steve Durand, owner of Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort, said the closure is huge but understandable because of extremely dry conditions.

The 'Lone' fire charred 60,000 acres of high desert wilderness, including Four Peaks, in April 1996. It was considered among the worst desert wildfires in recent history.

'We put fire breaks around all of our buildings. The desert is ripe. It's just explosive,' said Durand, whose kayaking and tubing business along the Lower Salt River is not affected by the closure.

Fast-moving fires last week in the Bartlett Lake area near Cave Creek convinced Acting Forest Supervisor Tom Klabunde to order the closure. "