Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Our own Two Elk Lodge fire?

The Gazette reported today that a fire set in a closed tunnel of Upper Gold Camp Road could affect whether the road is reopened to motor traffic this spring.
When I read the story, first I thought for sure that the fire was one more piece of evidence pointing to the existence of "Bad Hombres" -- people who use lonely mountain roads for shooting and drinking and littering and much, much worse. But then I started devising conspiracy theories.
Fact: there are a lot of people, including me, who don't want the Upper Gold Camp to reopen to motor traffic.
Fact: in order to open the road to traffic, the forest service would have to shore up the existing tunnels.
Fact: the easiest way to stop this project would be to collapse one of the tunnels and the easiest way to do that would be to burn the timbers.
So: it's not totally unreasonable for someone to set fire to this tunnel.

The authorities must agree: they are treating this as an arson. They've even closed down the area to look for clues.
We'll see what they find.



Anonymous said...

If they are considering it arson then the next logical step is to assume that Hayduke is alive and well!

Anonymous said...

While I do not think arson is the answer...I DO NOT want the road opened at all. I hike up there a lot and most of the people encountered on the trail are great. Most of the people just passing through are IDIOTS! Why do we need to allow more people to tear up the landscape, litter, or try to run hikers/bikers off the road?

UltraRob said...

I really don't want Gold Camp reopened. I was in high school when it was closed and I remember what it was like to ride my mountain bike up there with the road open. I sent comments to the Forest Service when they were taking comments about it. However, arson is not the way to stop it. As I understand it the tunnel has to be restored because of being added to the historical regsitry. Now money that could have been used for something better will be used for more work on the tunnel.