The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KRCR-TV, Redding:
The Chips Fire burning in California's Plumas and Lassen national forests grew in multiple directions Sunday (Aug. 5) as a result of strong winds, high temperatures and extremely dry fuels. As of Sunday night, it had burned 10,387 acres and was not contained. The cost of fighting the fire is $4,100,000.
Butt Valley Reservoir recreation facilities administered by PG&E (Ponderosa Flat Campground, Cool Springs Campground, Ray Adams Day Use and Boat Launch as well as Yellow Creek Campground) are closed due to the fire.
Belden, Maggie’s Trailer Park and Little Haven are under a precautionary evacuation notice.
Voluntary evacuation notices have also been issued for the Rush Creek area.
From The Associated Press:
The Indiana Department of Natural resources says attendance and revenue for state parks and reservoirs is tapering off amid this summer's extreme heat and drought but both measures are still ahead of last year's pace.
Spokesman Phil Bloom told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that revenue from camping, entrance and rental fees had totaled $13.8 million through mid-July. That's about 8 percent higher than revenues through the same period last year.
Bloom says gate attendance has declined over the last few weeks but is still 13 percent higher than last year. He says mild weather during March boosted state park attendance early in the year.
The drought has led the DNR to close four beaches but Bloom says 10 state beaches remain open and 11 state parks have pools.
From The Associated Press:
A popular Upper Peninsula campground that was closed in May because of a wildfire has reopened.
The Mouth of the Two Hearted River Campground is in Luce County, close to Lake Superior and 35 miles northeast of Newberry. It was closed due to damage from the Duck Lake wildfire, which burned 33 square miles in the U.P.
Ron Olson, head of Michigan's parks division, says most cleanup work at the campground involved removing damaged trees and brush. He gave credit to his staff for getting work done in time for campers to spend the last weeks of summer there.
Culhane and Pike Lake state forest campgrounds still remain closed.
From the Star-Tribune, Casper:
The Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest warned visitors that bears are frequenting the area near Carl Creek and Ham’s Fork campgrounds.
Camping and day use within this area is not prohibited, but visitors should be alert for, and report any bear activity.
The forest has a food storage order covering portions of it which requires all food and other attractants be properly stored or hung. Attractants such as food leftovers or bacon grease should not be buried, discarded, or burned in an open campfire. These items should be placed in appropriate sealed containers and packed out with garbage.
Human, pet and livestock food, garbage, and other attractants must be stored in an approved bear resistant manner. Other attractants include anything with an odor such as barbeque grills, drinks, toothpaste, scented candles, soap, lotion or sun screen.