The West is burning. Why are campfires still allowed in some California forests, parks?
People talking next to a burning campfire (Shutterstock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Jennifer Bullard arrived at Donner Memorial State Park this week for a few days of camping with her family, she expected to be roasting under the blazing sun in the heat of summer. But what she saw after pulling into her campsite made the Truckee local's blood boil. The campers in a spot nearby had started a fire in a designated ring. Then they walked away. It was dangerously irresponsible, she thought. California is in a drought, firefighting resources across the West are already overstretched and the most explosive part of the fire season has yet to arrive. An erran...