National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.
The plan designed to limit visitors to 615 per day and help preserve the lake's fragile ecosystem is still awaiting a formal record of decision from the Forest Service.
The beetle beetle has infested or killed more than 10,500 acres of the 90,000 acres of manageable ponderosa stands
Forest Service officials anticipate that two-thirds of the agency's entire budget will go to firefighting by 2025.
A volunteer who checks Hanging Lake regularly spotted this latest graffiti; arriving so soon after the perpetrator that the paint was still wet.
- The money could be used for improving ski areas, providing avalanche education and offering interpretive presentations.Read more
- In Aspen, a visitors' center in downtown won't be open this year. Near Durango, campgrounds and trails could be closed.Read more