Brushfires Threaten Campgrounds

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June 8, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Brushfires in Florida and threatened campgrounds on Tuesday (June 7). From media comese these reports:

Wallow Wildfire map courtesy of KSAZ-TV.


While thousands of people in eastern Arizona have been forced to leave their homes because of the Wallow Wildfire, KSAZ-TV, Phoenix, spoke to one man who says he's not going anywhere, evacuation order or not.

Paul Rietz stayed behind to watch over an RV park he owns in Alpine, even though he was told to get out.

Everyone evacuated the park, including his entire family.

"My wife evacuated with our animals and I stayed. We have quite a few people in our RV park so I went ahead and stayed to make sure they got out," he said. "A lot of them had to leave their RVs and what not and a lot of personal belongings, so I just chose to stay, watch that, watch my house, my mom's house, my brother's house, and my brother's cabins."

Rietz says he has a truck hooked up to his RV just in case he feels he's in danger and needs to leave right away. Otherwise, he'll do his best to put out any pockets of fire that pop up.


Fire crews are still working to get a brush fire in Charlotte County under control. The fire shut down roads and caused people to evacuate from their homes Tuesday, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, reported.

Officials say the fire, located off of Oil Well Road and east of U.S.41, is 245 acres and 90% contained. The site is north of Fort Myers.

Crews were attacking the flames from the air and on the ground Tuesday night.

"We are trying to hold it and get those lines around it to pinch it off and slow it down," said Charlotte County Fire Chief Dennis Didio.

But the wind was a problem all night and it was blowing the flames toward Sun N' Shade RV Park. People living there had to be evacuated.

"If it comes across U.S. 41, then it will be shear all the way to Burnt Store Road," said Didio.

Homeowners were also doing what they could Tuesday because they know the dry conditions are a cause for alarm.

"We haven't had a bad fire in a while and with the wind and the situation and there is so much dry brush still from Charlie, it's basically a tender box out here," said Charlotte homeowner Jackie Maxwell. "We grabbed the hose and start hosing everything down."

For now though, their homes are safe.

"They are out of danger unless the wind shifts," Chief Didio said.

Now they're all just hoping the firefighters' hard work pays off and that Mother Nature will stay on their side.

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