RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Payson Roundup:
An unexplained early morning blaze at a local campground today (July 6) destroyed a large motorhome, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to nearby trailers and trees.
While it took firefighters roughly 20 minutes to get a handle on the fire in the Payson Campground, 808 E. Highway 260, it took some time to get residents calmed down.
Given the narrow roads in the campground, many people were trying to drive out as fire engines were trying to get in. Some residents were yelling to evacuate.
Fire Chief Marty deMasi said there was no need for an evacuation order given the flames were contained to one RV.
Sometime just after 1 a.m., a neighbor noticed the motorhome, in space 65, was on fire. When firefighters arrived, the structure, located toward the back of the park, was “pretty well involved” sending flames and smoke high into the sky, deMasi said.
The RV’s owners were not home at the time. The couple had left earlier in the day for Glendale.
The couple said they had buttoned up the unit before they left. They told deMasi they rarely use their grill, are not smokers and didn’t think they had left any small appliances on.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, although it is suspected to have started inside the camper toward the center.
Firefighters had the fire out at 2:30 a.m. No one was injured and no other RVs were damaged.
From Inside INdiana Business:
Gate revenue at the Indiana Dunes State Park is up 64 percent this year, park officials say.
That’s indicative of a trend in northwest Indiana and elsewhere for Americans to stay closer to home for vacations and getaways, says Lorelei Weimer, executive director of the Indiana Dunes Tourism.
She contends that higher gas prices are a good sign for the attraction. While higher pump prices keep people closer to home, they may not spend as much while on vacation. Weimer says the past few years have shown people are accustomed to high gas prices and have adjusted budgets allowing them to spend more in area communities.
The weekend surrounding July 4 is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the attraction.
She says a total of 3 million visitors visit the national and state parks in northwest Indiana each year and that total places the Indiana tourism destination in par with more well-know national attractions like Yellowstone.
From The Gadsen Times:
A 30-minute video of the April 27, 2011, tornado damage at Lake Guntersville State Park will be shown at the park Saturday (July 7) followed by a discussion of the park’s recovery progress.
The tornadoes downed thousands of trees, destroyed or damaged all of the lakeside cabins, destroyed a chalet and heavily damaged the campground.
From Business Clarksville:
The 16th Annual Grand Jubilee and Primitive Rodeo will take place July 20-21 at Wranglers Campground in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Wranglers Campground is located 5 miles south of Golden Pond Visitor Center.
The Jubilee celebrates all the horse lovers and trail riders who have made Wranglers Campground so successful each year. Wranglers Campground offers half-price camping on that Friday and Saturday.