RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
About 70 homes and two campgrounds were ordered to be evacuated Sunday (Aug. 28) as a wildfire spread outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said.
The Motor Fire, which spread from a motorhome blaze Thursday in the Merced River Canyon, was 35% contained after burning more than 4,700 acres on both sides of the river.
The evacuation order for homes in and around Cedar Lodge affects two commercial buildings and 35 outbuildings, said National Park Service spokeswoman Kass Hardy. The Incline and Merced River Canyon campgrounds were also evacuated.
Officials said homes in the nearby community of Rancheria Flats may need to be evacuated as well.
A 15-mile stretch of Highway 140, a main entrance into Yosemite, has been closed indefinitely, starting about 4 miles west of the park entrance and continuing east of Midpines.
The fire was spreading toward nearby Trumbull Peak, threatening a historic fire lookout tower, officials said. A DC-10 aircraft was dispatched to the blaze Sunday afternoon and made multiple drops of flame retardant on the fire’s eastern edge.
From a news release:
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Superintendent Dennis A. Vásquez announced Friday (Aug. 26) the lifting of temporary restrictions the park had implemented earlier this summer on overnight camping in backcountry campgrounds and on smoking and other potential fire ignition sources throughout the park. However, open fires are still not allowed in the park.
Due to high fire danger this summer, the park had implemented restrictions on smoking and use of camp stoves, lanterns and other potential sources of fire ignitions on May 12 and closed all ten of its backcountry campgrounds to overnight camping beginning July 1. However, with recent storm activity, increased greening of vegetation fuels and increased relative humidity, the fire hazard has decreased in the park, allowing lifting of those restrictions.
From the Peninsula Daily News:
With fewer than three weeks to go, Olympic National Park staff and law enforcement said they will be ready to host Celebrate Elwha!, the nearly weeklong event next month commemorating the largest dam removal project in the nation’s history.
The stage at the Elwha Dam, where the main celebratory event will be held, has been constructed, the guests and acts have been confirmed, and plans to handle any emergency at an event attracting federal dignitaries and hundreds, if not thousands, of other people are set, they said.
A public viewpoint overlooking the Elwha Dam was opened last week. It can be accessed via a parking lot next to the Elwha Dam RV Park at 47 Lower Dam Road.
“Everything is coming into place, and it’s really exciting to see,” said park spokesman Dave Reynolds.
The events Sept. 13-18 will mark the beginning of the three-year project to remove the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River.
From KXMB-TV, Bismarck, N.D.:
Staff members at Cross Ranch State Park near Center, N.D., are hoping to get the park open by summer’s end.
KXMB television reports that the park was forced to close in late May when flood conditions hit the Missouri River. All but one of the park’s campgrounds has been inundated with more than a foot and half of water for most the summer.
But Park Manager Eric Lang says the river has receded much faster than expected.
Lang says everything is brown and muddy, but staff is removing sandbags from around the cabins and cleaning up debris.
He says the park is on track to open Labor Day weekend.
From gardenisland.com, Lihu’e, Hawaii:
After more than six years, a bill that allows Lydgate Park to offer camping has finally cleared the County Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee. The final decision now rests with the full council, which will entertain the bill in two weeks.
The committee unanimously approved Bill 2419, after adding an amendment introduced by Councilwoman Nadine Nakamura.
“The amendment does several things; it addresses concerns raised on previous meetings,” said Nakamura, explaining that the amendment designates camping area boundaries, clarifies what a person with disability means — straight out of the Hawaii Revised Statutes — and makes the ordinance effective 60 days after final approval, allowing the county government to develop rules.