Arsonists ignite campground toilets

From the April 12, 2000 edition of McKenzie River Reflections

Burned toiletMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Last Saturday an arsonist burned a toilet in the McKenzie Bridge Campground, just west of that upriver community. The double-vault building was completely destroyed, leaving only a few charred posts, steel doors and the metal roofing still standing.
Replacing the toilet will cost an estimated $20,000, according to Dave Graham, developed sites manager for the McKenzie Ranger District “This type of act impacts everyone,” Graham said. “We will now have to focus our efforts on replacing this one toilet so something else isn’t going to get done. Everyone loses.”
The fire is currently under investigation. People with any information about the fire or suspicious activity that may have been associated with it, are encouraged to contact the McKenzie Ranger District at 822-7215.

Image above: Not much remains of a USFS toilet at the east end of the McKenzie Bridge Campground.


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