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USFS officer: Just trying to prove you need a job?

At that point Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer J.D. Boguslawski arrived in the campground. My father-in-law’s battery on his camper was running low, so they were inside using a flashlight. She called them out and accused them of having an unattended campfire. Told them to put it out and would not even listen to reason. She then proceeded to write them a $200 ticket for unattended campfire. My question is to you, Ms. Boguslawski, are you writing your own laws or are you interpreting laws to prove the need of your job? According to the Salmon River Rules and Required Equipment: "Camp and Cook fires must be contained in a firepan, except Mackay Bar and White Water campgrounds. All coals and ashes must be removed from river corrider. Never leave a fire unattended. Check this board for current restrictions." The Spring Bar Campground Rules also posted on the board: "#4. Campfires are allowed in existing fire rings only, unless fire restrictions apply. Campfires must be completely extinguished upon leaving the campsite." Also posted: "Welcome to Your National Forest, Poster P23-43 Department of Agriculture - Forest Service. Campfires: Obey restrictions on campfires. Fires may be limited or prohibited at certain times, within campground and other recreational sites. Build fires in fire rings, stove grills or fireplace provided for that purpose. Keep flammable material away from campfires. You are responsible for keeping campfires under control. Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the campground." These posters provide the definition of unattended campfires. The definition is, if you leave your campsite or campground with fire burning. Where do you get off writing your own definitions? Shouldn't you be working for the tax-paying citizen or are you just a power-hungry government employee trying to prove their worth. Shame on you!

M. Brad Dreyer New Meadows


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