Hello Louise, we absolutely understand your concern and are attempting to determine who was responsible for this careless and illegal action.
The site of the illegal fire was miles away from our designated 25 fire restricted campsites in an area not designated for visitors. Thankfully, the park had on-duty rangers and staff, campers, hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers present to observe the fire immediately after it started. Their presence, recognition and immediate contact resulted in the fire being limited to 1/2 of an acre in size.
We understand that our neighbors live here because of the area’s natural beauty and vast amounts of public lands and open spaces. In fact, there are nearly 2 million acres of public lands in our vast backyard (Pike/Arapaho National Forests/Jefferson County Open Space/State lands) which attract thousands of outdoor enthusiasts daily. Unfortunately, some folks simply do not follow the fire bans, rules, regulations and laws and hence place others at risk.
You can be assured that Staunton State Park’s Law Enforcement Rangers and staff are constantly vigilant toward the protection of our natural resources, the safety of the visitors and public whom they serve. The staff members at Staunton are always on the lookout for those who violate park rules and regulations, fire restrictions and violations of Colorado Revised Statutes. Again, thank you for your concern and we hope to see you visiting this amazing place.