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RV Park and Campground Briefs

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May 30, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

COLORADO

From the Estes Park Trail-Gazette:

A 24-year-old Thornton man was killed in the early hours of Memorial Day at a campground north of Allenspark, authorities say.

The name of the man is not being released pending positive identification and notification of family members, said Sgt. Jason Oehlkers, spokesman for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

The man was camping and shooting guns with friends and acquaintances at the Olive Ridge Campground northwest of Boulder near the 14,000 block of State Highway 7 when he was shot in the face at 1:15 a.m., Oehlkers said. It was originally reported the man shot himself, but Oehlkers said, the incident is still be investigated. Foul play is not suspected and there is no continuing threat to public safety related to this incident, Oehlkers said.

Friends called 911 reporting that the shooting was accidental, Oehlkers said.

Authorities interviewed other campers and the man's friends to determine what happened, he said, and were concluding that part of their investigation around 2 p.m.

"We called in a fair amount of (sheriff's detectives) just to make sure everything matched up,"Oehlkers said. "We interviewed a large number of campers."

People often take guns with them when they are camping for recreational shooting, Oehlkers said.

TEXAS

From a news release:

All trails and campgrounds in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas that were closed during the fire are now open.

However, visitors are reminded to continue using caution with flames and other ignition sources, as hot, dry, windy conditions persist. Open campfires or grills are never permitted within Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Lighting started the fire the evening of May 26 which ultimately burned 171 acres. The fire burned in steep rugged, terrain and crews hiked to the fire. The fire was on the west side of El Capitan Peak, approximately 1 mile east of historic Williams Ranch. The fire is 100 percent contained with only a few hot spots remaining.

ARKANSAS

From the DeWitt Era-Enterprise:

A carbon monoxide (CO) leak almost proved fatal to three campers on the White River National Wildlife Refuge over the Memorial Day weekend.

The three men were camping in an RV at the refuge’s Horseshoe Lake Campground Thursday night. The air conditioner in the RV was not working, so they turned on the vehicle’s engine to cool the sleeping area.

Around 3 a.m., one of the men woke with a headache. Realizing that he was suffering from CO poisoning, he managed to get to the the RV’s driver’s seat and honk the horn. Other campers in the area responded and got the men out of the RV. They used the vehicle’s Onstar function to call for help.

Arkansas County Sheriff’s Department deputy Bobby Dumond, refuge officer Richard Gray and an ambulance from DeWitt Hospital all responded.

When they arrived, “the three men were on the ground,” Dumond said. “The ambulance crew gave them oxygen, and they all started to come around.”

The men, whose names were not released, were treated at DeWitt Hospital and released.

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