Firefighters have been very busy over the past two weeks as wildfires have burned thousands of acres of land throughout Northern California. As if they needed another issue to worry about, they also found mounds of trash on Shasta Lake this week, cleaning up 15 bags near Lakehead.
Firefighters from the Shasta Lake Ranger District found the trash near Sugarloaf Road and hauled it out of the area. The cleanup showed the dire situation outdoor destinations are under while more people head outside during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Firefighters from the #ShastaLake Ranger District picked up 15 bags of #garbage dumped out on the Sugarloaf Road near Lakehead today. Please spread the word – the forest isn’t a garbage dump! pic.twitter.com/O1Y0eMqUIL— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) July 24, 2020
This is disconcerting on so many levels, including keeping firefighters away from their main job, which is to help us stay safe during fire season in NorCal.
Remember, the forest isn’t your personal dump! Clean up after yourself when heading outside and even help by picking up any trash you find along the way. Do it for our great outdoor lands and so our firefighters can concentrate on keeping us safe.