Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
An American lawyer who was attacked by a polar bear in Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador remains in critical yet stable condition in a Montreal hospital, his wife said Saturday (July 27).
Matthew Dyer, of Maine, was on a tour of the park with a group from the Sierra Club when he was attacked by a polar bear at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 24). He was initially brought by helicopter to a George River, Quebec, hospital before being transferred to Montreal for treatment of broken bones and bite wounds.
Dyer’s wife, Jeanne Wells, said in a statement: “My husband is in critical but stable condition, he is a strong man and he is making improvements every day. My husband has received incredible care in Canada and at the Montreal General Hospital; I believe that’s why he is still alive. Thank you to everyone for their concern.”
Wells told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal newspaper that the attack happened while the group slept, and that Dyer fought the bear.
“He fought the bear, and they fired flares and the bear dropped him,” she told the newspaper.
From The Oregonian, Portland:
Four campgrounds in south Deschutes County were evacuated Sunday afternoon (July 28) as crews fended off a new wildfire near the Wickiup Reservoir.
Reports of the blaze, known as the Browns Creek Fire, came in at about 1 p.m. At the time, the fire covered about two acres, but crews estimate it grew to as much as 40 acres within the next four hours.
Crews evacuated the Sheep’s Bridge, South Twin Lake, North Twin Lake and Gull Point campgrounds. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway remains open, but firefighters shut down Forest Road 42 amid concerns about traffic and safety.
The Redmond Hotshots and a 20-person hand crew worked throughout the afternoon attempting to contain the fire. The crews had help from three helicopters, nine fire engines and officers from the Forest Service and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
From a news release:
Katy-based Igloo Products Corp., the nation’s largest cooler manufacturer, has added a new tent style to its Igloo Outdoors product lineup — the Log Cabin Lodge tent.
Igloo product manager Michelle Stone says, “The Log Cabin Lodge tent has a classic log cabin look and feel with all of the best amenities of an Igloo Outdoors tent. It’s perfect for a large group setting up base camp or just out for a weekend getaway.” The Log Cabin design is the first in a series of proprietary and protected designs Igloo will be bringing to the market.
The eight-man Log Cabin Lodge tent sleeps eight comfortably and has a screened-in porch for outdoor enjoyment. The cabin silhouette with the unique log and river rock pattern has the true look and feel of a log cabin. The tent has Igloo exclusive MaxDry weather protection system to eliminate water seepage, Cool Riser Technology—a system of lower mesh vents that draw cool air in from the base and hot air out through the roof—and UV-Ban—a specialized coating that reflects heat and harmful sun rays with an ultraviolet protection rating of 50 plus—to create the ultimate rustic luxury tent.
With reflective tape that highlights the tent door at night, convenient mesh pockets and a hanging corner shelf to keep smaller items organized, water resistant tub floors designed to deflect water away from seams and easy-to-access weather-protected passage for cables; the Log Cabin Lodge tent is exceptionally featured.
The 156-square-foot Log Cabin Lodge tent will be available at retail in Spring 2014 with an MSRP of $249.
For further information about the Log Cabin Lodge tent or about any other Igloo product, contact Katie Davis at KDavis@igloocorp.com or visit the company’s website at http://www.igloocoolers.com.
From The Associated Press:
A lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra National Forest about 75 miles northeast of Fresno has prompted the closure of multiple campgrounds.
The U.S. Forest Service said Friday (July 26) that the Aspen Fire has so far consumed a little more than 7 square miles around Huntington Lake, which is near Shaver Lake. It is not threatening any communities, but Fresno County Sheriff’s officials said at least 16 campgrounds in the area have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Trails and recreational areas in the Kaiser Wilderness near Huntington Lake are also closed.
Authorities say crews are having a hard time containing the fire due to heavy smoke and steep terrain.
From Camp Colorado e-newsletter:
Fleetwood RV Inc. is hosting is 5th Annual National Owner’s Rally this week in Pueblo with a new motorhome display, vendors, seminars, kids’ activities, meals, entertainment, and access to Fleetwood RV factory sales, service, and product development teams.
The rally runs from Aug. 2-6 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.
All owners of Fleetwood RV or American Coach motorhomes are invited to attend. They also welcome guests to bring along friends and family, regardless of the motorhome brand.
CEO and President John Draheim and other Fleetwood RV executives will attend.