RV Park and Campground Briefs
From BC Local News:
A 40-year-old Alberta man drowned in Skaha Lake Thursday afternoon (Aug. 4).
Penticton RCMP were called out to the area of Wright’s Campground off Highway 97 shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police report the man tried to swim out to his daughter who was floating on a raft too far away from shore. The young girl was retrieved from the water by a nearby boater.
The father was found about 10 minutes later at the bottom of the lake. Efforts were made to resuscitate the male until paramedics arrived on scene. The man was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The name of the deceased is being withheld at the request of the family.
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
Reno crews were making progress early today (Aug. 5) against a stubborn brush fire that ignited late Thursday near Reno, resulting in evacuation preparations, including of animals at the Sierra Safari Zoo.
A evacuation area was being prepared late Thursday at North Valleys High School for an unknown number of residences, but no one had been told to leave their homes, Washoe County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Buell said.
Later broadcast reports said some voluntary evacuations may have taken place.
The area near the fire includes an RV park and a storage area. The Sierra Safari Zoo was on standby for possible evacuation of animals there.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
A fast-moving 50-plus-acre fire Thursday night on Antelope Island in Davis County forced the evacuation of two campgrounds.
Jason Curry, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said the fire and subsequent evacuation began about 9 p.m.
The blaze, believed to have been started by lightning, was on the north end of the island, Curry said. Between 80 and 100 campers from Bridger Bay and White Rock Bay campgrounds were evacuated. All were accounted for and no injuries were reported, Curry said. The campers were relocated to the marina area. Curry said some were waiting out the fire while others left the island for other accommodations or to go home.
As of 11:15 p.m., fire crews from throughout Davis County were fighting the fire, which was burning in mixed brush and being pushed by wind from the south.
Curry said the fire was still growing, but firefighters would be working through the night.
“They’ll probably be getting the upper hand fairly shortly,” he said.
From the Pocono Record:
Lake Adventure Community Association was cited Monday (Aug. 1) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for five violations to the Safe Drinking Water Code.
Low water pressure, due to a broken ground pipe and a faulty well pump, was noticed Saturday in a portion of the gated recreational vehicle campground in Dingman Township.
The DEP performed a field inspection Monday and detected no chlorine in the drinking water distribution system.
“Detectable chlorine residual,” is required at all times,” the DEP said in its field order, a paper detailing violations and corrective actions.
This lack of chlorine in the water triggered other violations: failure to provide and effectively operate and maintain public water facilities, failure to take whatever investigative or corrective action is necessary to assure that safe and potable water is continuously supplied to the users, failure to provide an adequate supply of water, and failure to respond to an emergency situation.
Lake Adventure “failed to notify the (DEP) of water outages within one hour and failed to provide adequate public notice that meets department requirements within 24 hours,” the field order said.
The problem was corrected as of 4 p.m. Thursday. A broken pipe had diverted flow from a chlorinator, preventing the water from being treated, association attorney Tammy Clause said. Some but not all of the 1,200 association owners were affected.
The campground will remain under a boil water notice until the DEP approves lifting it.
From KRGV-TV, Rio Grande Valley:
Seventeen homes were hit by thieves in one RV park in Alamo in the span of a week, most of them owned by winter Texans who aren’t even in the Valley.
The thieves made off with electronics and at least one car in their crime spree.
Residents who lived in the area began calling police until they increased patrols.
Police have arrested two people so far both are said to be juveniles, and others could follow.