Tragedy Strikes Miracle Hot Springs Again: Closure and Safety Concerns

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Miracle Hot Springs

Tragedy has struck Miracle Hot Springs again, leading to an indefinite closure of the popular destination. On Saturday, February 17th, a body was discovered in one of the hot spring’s tubs, marking the second fatality in less than two years. The Forest Service announced the closure in a news release, emphasizing the paramount importance of public safety.

Past Fatalities and Closures

  • October 17, 2022: A body was found in the same area, prompting the Forest Service to dismantle the tubs.
  • February 17, 2023: Another fatality occurred, leading to the current indefinite closure.

Authorities have not disclosed details about the victims or the exact causes of death. The hot springs, situated in the Sequoia National Forest at an elevation of 2,300 feet, have been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Advocacy for Reopening

Despite the closures, the advocacy group Miracle Hot Springs Inc. has launched a campaign to keep the tubs open. The organization claims that the hot springs contain mineral compounds with therapeutic properties and advocates for their preservation as a healing and restorative destination.

Concerns for Safety and Sustainability

Forest Service officials, however, prioritize safety and sustainability over immediate reopening. Following the 2022 fatality, the tubs were rebuilt without official approval. The February 17th incident underscores the need for a sustainable and long-term solution that ensures the safety of visitors and the conservation of the area.

Closing Statement

USFS District Ranger Al Watson emphasized the importance of public safety and the need for a sustainable solution. “With a second death attributable in part to the hot springs, the area will remain closed until a sustainable long-term solution is reached,” he said in a statement.