A former Army facility in Colorado that has since been transitioned into a popular hunting and camping has been shut down after the area was found to contain dangerous levels of asbestos.
According to CBS Denver, Camp Hale in Eagle County served as an Army facility before World War II before being transitioned to the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960s. The area became a popular campground, despite the regular removal of old munitions from the site. In the last decade, removal efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers shifted towards asbestos products.
However, following the recent discovery of even more asbestos that could pose a public safety risk, U.S. Forest Service officials made the decision to shut down the park to make sure no asbestos exposure occurred.
One of the reasons we wanted to get public information out is because rifle season starts (Saturday) and there are a lot of people who will be arriving in order to hunt in those units in the hillside adjacent to Camp Hale, said Dave Neely of the U.S. Forest Service.
While some parts of Camp Hale are closed, surrounding Forest Service roads will remain open.
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