Bonney lake was once a thriving, booming fishing and recreation area, but in recent years it’s been devastated by fire, drought, and erosion.
The lake is now the only lake in Bonney County that is completely closed off to all recreational water users.
It’s one of the last remaining open spaces left in the state.
The fire has been blamed on a supertanker that was parked on top of the lake.
The captain was fired after being caught on video tossing a fire hose at a fire hydrant.
The blaze caused the lake to collapse.
A large chunk of the dam has collapsed.
The sheriff said he’s not sure how much water was spilled.
This is the first time in nearly three decades that a lake has been closed.
There’s still no word on how much the lake has recovered.
Bonney, a small fishing town, was a favorite vacation spot for families, who drove through the lake and hiked up to the lakeside campsite.
But in recent decades, the lake was a haven for illegal dumping and recreational boating.
In 2002, Bonney officials shut down the entire lake, saying it was unsafe for recreational water use.
Officials say it has been restored, but it remains closed.