Recently in Ohiopyle State Park two forest fires started. They started late April 8th and were stopped early April 9th. They burned nearly 500 acres of land and damaged the ecosystem. Ohiopyle is blaming the forest fires on natural causes. (https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/04/11/ohiopyle-forest-fire-update/)
Forest fires cause rivers to become extremely contaminated. One site covers the effects of forest fires, they are https://untamedscience.com/blog/the-environmental-impact-of-forest-fires/. They say, “Wildfires can have immediate and long term effects on the quality of rivers, lakes, and streams … This inability to absorb water promotes the transportation of debris and sediment into larger bodies of water, further polluting valuable and essential resources.“
The forest fires in Ohiopyle can cause tremendous after effects on its rivers. Thus people should be careful with playing and doing things in rivers and streams in/near Ohiopyle.