The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From a news release:
The Head-of-the-Ditch Campground, located on the Quemado Ranger District, Apache National Forest (administered by the Gila National Forest) west of Luna on Highway 180, has reopened after being temporarily closed since the 2011 Wallow Fire.
Concerns for public health and safety associated with high flash flood potential due to the effects of high intensity fire in the watershed above the campground necessitated the temporary closure.
After a campground visit by forest managers in March, it was evident that high flows of water had occurred in the campground area. It was determined at that time that the campground needed to remain closed for public safety through the end of the 2012 monsoon season at which time potential for high intensity rains would have subsided, the release stated.
The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, with the assistance of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating two fires that occurred over the weekend at Flag Ponds State Park in Lusby.
Park employees discovered the damage Tuesday (Oct. 30) shortly before 9 a.m. Investigation determined the blazes had been deliberately set. “Unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to two separate out-buildings sometime over the weekend,” stated Melissa Bean, a fire marshal spokeswoman,adding that the fires “extinguished themselves.”
The investigation determined that the fires originated in an exterior walkway of one building and the interior of the second structure.
Damage is estimated at $30,000.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the vicinity of the park or has any information is asked to contact the state fire marshal’s Southern Region Office at (443) 550-6834.
From the Triangle Business Journal:
North Carolina’s state parks had 11.9 million visitors through the third quarter of 2012, up 2% from the same period in 2011, a record year for visitation, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation reported.
Among those seeing big increases were Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Chatham County, which saw a 36% jump in visitation, William B. Umstead State Park in Wake County which saw a 34% increase and Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford which recorded a 31% increase in visitation for the period.