Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Pamona Patch:
Damage assessment teams are combing through the charred remains today of the Al Bahr Shrine Campground area off Sunrise Highway in Mt. Laguna. CAL FIRE estimates 120 structures were damaged or destroyed when the Chariot Fire suddenly surged forward on Monday.
From King5 News, Seattle:
The 25 Mile Wildfire, which started on July 4 near Lake Chelan in north-central Washington, remains 70% contained across 2,098 acres of land, but Forest Service officials have reopened several nearby campgrounds.
The fire, which the Forest Service said was human-caused, has stayed 70% contained since Monday. Fire activity and visible smoke has significantly decreased since it ignited on July 4, but the fire will not be declared controlled until significant rain dampens the unburned fuel near the area, the Forest Service said.
Forest Service officials opened the Mitchell Creek Campground, a boat-in campground on Lake Chelan and Forest Service Roads 8200 (Grade Creek Road) beyond Antilon Lake and the 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road).
Smoke may be visible from the south shore of Lake Chelan as well as Grade Creek Road north of the fire, but it is minimal in the Chelan valley. Lake Chelan remains open to recreational and commercial boating, and businesses in the Manson, Chelan and Stehekin areas are open.
Forest Service officials caution the public to use care with fire near dry grass and brush. A red flag warning is in effect through Thursday night for increasing winds and low humidity, critical fire weather conditions.
From the Billings (Mont.) Gazette:
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park has topped 1 million visitors for the first six months of 2013.
The figure is down from last year, but that’s likely a reflection of the park recalculating the multiplier it has used in the past.
Yellowstone used to use an average multiplier of 2.91 persons-per-vehicle in the summer. This year and into the future, the park will use the lower average multiplier of 2.58 persons-per-vehicle.
Last year by this time, the park had recorded an estimated 30,000 more visitors.
In June there were 744,056 recreational visitors to Yellowstone, bumping the yearly visitation up to 1.01 million.
The park’s staff suggested that a better year-to-year comparison of park visitation may be to look at the number of autos and RVs entering the park for recreational purposes. During the first six months of 2013, that figure was up 5.72% compared to the same period in 2012.
All park entrances saw an increase in these vehicle numbers in June compared to last year, with the park’s North and East entrances posting the largest gains.
July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed in order by August, June, September and May.
From WTVG-TV, Toledo:
Wednesday’s storm destroyed four RVs at the Leafy Oaks Campground south of Clyde in Seneca County. There are no reported injuries.
People at the campground say the worst hit area, “looks like a war zone.”
The problem is you can’t get to that area just yet. There is only one road in and out of the campground. A creek overflowed onto that road making it impassable at of 6:30 p.m.
Campers say there are trees down, roofs ripped off campers and some of the trailers overturned.
From the Calgary Herald:
One of the best known parks in Kananaskis Country is now open.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has been closed since the June flooding washed out trails, damaged campgrounds and made roads impassable.
Highway 40, which was washed out in several spots, is open to the winter gates after the rebuilding of the Evan Thomas bridge restored safe access to the area — although there’s some ongoing road construction.
Officials said all major front-country campgrounds are open, but some trails and facilities remain closed for safety reasons.
Some of those hiking trails that are open will be altered and visitors are asked to use caution throughout the area.
Alberta Parks will offer full refunds for campground reservations cancelled between now and the end of July.
For a complete listing of advisories, notices and campground availability across the province, visit albertaparks.ca.
From Global News:
A review into the safety of Alberta’s campgrounds has been launched, after a 64-year-old man was killed near Lac La Biche on Wednesday (July 8).
RCMP say they were called around 11 p.m. to the Touchwood Lake Campground, about 24 miless northeast of the hamlet.
When they arrived, they found a man had been trying to secure items on his campsite as a thunderstorm rolled in, when part of a tree broke off and fell on him.
The man died at the scene.
“A review was immediately started following this incident to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect campers in our campgrounds,” said Richard Starke, minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, in a statement. “Safety is our top priority, and we take steps to mitigate risks posed by the natural environment. I ask all parks visitors to be aware of potential hazards in our recreation areas.”
RCMP say the man is not from the Lac La Biche area, and was camping with his family at the time.