RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the North Platte Telegraph:
Buffalo Bill Campground at Scout’s Rest Ranch near North Platte has reopened.
The campground at the historical site has been closed since mid-May because of floodwaters from the North Platte River. Superintendent Aric Riggins said he was opening up the campground Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 13).
“We probably had four feet of water,” he said. “The electrical pads, camping pads and tent areas were completely under water in May, June, July and even in to August.”
Riggins said the waters are almost receded. He mowed the property Tuesday morning and was getting ready to open up in the afternoon. The campground at 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road, adjacent to the Scout’s Rest Ranch, is open year-round.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Flash flooding in Joshua Tree National Park Tuesday (Sept. 13) tore up roadways and flooded parts of campgrounds, forcing officials to close areas of the park.
At least 3 inches of rain fell in the Pinto Basin and Cottonwood Spring areas of the park, officials said. No injuries were reported.
The Cottonwood Visitors Center was flooded, and parts of the Cottonwood Campground were washed away. The two sites have been closed to visitors, along with Route 11 between the White Tank Campground entrance to the south park boundary at Interstate 10, park spokesman Joe Zarki said in a statement.
All other areas of the park, including the popular Route 12 between Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, remain open. Visitors are urged to pay attention to local weather reports for updates on flash-flood warnings.
From KPTV-TV, Portland:
Firefighters are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to aggressively build a fire line along the Shadow Lake Fire’s northwestern flank this week in hopes to curtail the fire’s westward movement.
Lower temperatures and relative humidity combined with a moderate westerly wind are expected to suppress the fire’s growth, allowing for the Clear Lake Resort and Coldwater Cove Campground area to reopen this weekend.
“We’ve been looking for a way to shut the door on this fire,” Operations Chief Mike Matarrese said. “On Monday, we found the hinges. This week, we hope to install the door.” The fire is burning an area about 10,000 acres.
There are still unburned pockets of fuel that will continue to burn until a significant weather event. Fire crews will still look for hot spots after burnout operations in the Cache Mountain area. Authorities said mopping up where the fire has already burned is progressing on the north and east fire lines.
Highways in the area remain open, but smoke may impact Highway 20 and Sisters in the morning due to an inversion. Any smoke present in the morning hours will likely lift later in the day.
From KARE-TV, Minneapolis:
A jewel in Minnesota’s state park system reopened on Monday (Sept. 12).
St. Croix State Park near Hinckley had been closed since July 1 when high winds from a storm dropped hundreds of huge trees on campgrounds and recreation areas.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said day-use areas, the equestrian campground and the park’s two modern guest houses on Norway Point (each of which sleeps up to 15 overnight guests) reopened. Two major campgrounds — Riverview and Paint Rock Springs — will open to guests on Friday, Sept. 30.
Crews have been working for weeks to clear the park and repair damaged buildings and equipment.
“Park staff, employees from other DNR divisions and logging crews have been working hard during the past several weeks to clear fallen trees and other debris and inspect public areas of the park to make sure they are safe and ready for visitors,” said Rick Dunkley, district recreation supervisor for the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. “We’ve removed approximately 3,500 tons of timber debris from 127 miles of road and trails.”
The DNR says the July 1 storm heavily damaged 7,500 of the park’s 34,000 acres, and 74 of its 197 buildings.