Christmas tree tradition survives CO wildfire | CraigDailyPress.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Christmas tree tradition survives CO wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history leveled hundreds of homes but didn’t touch a cherished tradition in Pike National Forest near Colorado Springs — cutting live Christmas trees.

The U.S. Forest Service says last summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire didn’t touch the area of the forest where generations have gone to cut live Christmas trees. Each year, about 5,000 people buy $10 permits to cut a tree.

Christmas tree seekers can choose from lodgepole, limber and ponderosa pine as well as Engelmann spruce and Douglas fir. Chain saws are not allowed.

Permits can be obtained from Nov. 26 to Dec. 12. Families are limited to five trees.

The Waldo Canyon Fire erupted June 23 and went on to kill two people and damage or destroy 359 homes.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Craig and Moffat County make the Craig Press’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User