California Campgrounds Dodge Raging Fires
Several campgrounds in northern and southern California have dodged the forest and brush fires that have ravaged the state in the past two weeks.
Most recently, the Auburn Gold Country RV Park was in the path of a rapidly spreading fire on Sunday that reportedly damaged several RVs in that resort, according to Mary Dudash, director of member services for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).
The fire destroyed a nearby subdivision in an hour.
"A lot of businesses directly north of the RV park were either damaged or destroyed. It could have been a lot worse," she said.
The CalARVC office is located in Auburn but was not in harm's way, she said.
Firefighters dropped a lot of fire-retardant chemicals on the fire and kept it from doing more damage that it did, she said.
However, a state of emergency has been declared for Placer County and surroundings counties, she said.
Earlier, two fires in northern California threatened two private parks. One, Lake Francis RV park, was completely surrounded by one of the fires. It and the Collins Lake Recreational Area, were temporarily evacuated, she said. And Camp Williams in the Azusa area was threatened by another fire, she noted.