Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From KOMO-TV, Seattle:
A massive mud slide triggered by Thursday night's (Sept. 5) rain storm swallowed a parking area, buried cars and damaged several buildings near the mouth of Imus Creek near Stehekin in Chelan County.
According to officials from the North Cascades National Park, the rock and mud slide hit late Thursday night. Nobody was injured, but the slide dragged a number of bikes into Lake Chelan and filled a National Parks Service shed with mud and rocks.
Several other buildings, including a storage shed at the Lake House, were also damaged. Discovery Bikes and Stehekin Reservations and Fly Fish Shop were also damaged in the slide, according to parks officials.
National park employees and local residents spent much of Friday clearing the road, and by Saturday morning they were able to partially open it to shuttle service and the public.
Bicycle rentals are temporarily suspended, shuttle buses are operating as passage through the site is allowed. NPS boats have been shuttling people around the slide area to ensure pedestrian safety.
The Imus Trail is closed to public use pending a safety assessment, trail repair and bridge replacement.
From The Associated Press:
A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park led to the evacuation of several dozen homes Sunday.
The blaze broke out amid temperatures near triple digits in early afternoon on the edge of Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.
By nightfall it had surged to 800 acres, state fire officials said, spewing a plume of smoke visible for miles around and leading to the evacuation of 50 to 75 homes in Clayton, a town of about 11,000 people alongside the park.
From the Casper Star-Tribune:
Yellowstone National Park officials reported on Friday (Sept. 6) that two campgrounds reopened on the Yellowstone Promontory Peninsula after being closed because of the Druid Complex Fire. Fire activity was light in the park, according to a news release, but the Alum Fire is reported to be smoldering close to the corridor between Mud Volcano and Fishing Bridge.
Fire managers took a reconnaissance flight late Friday to see if there are any public safety concerns in the areas that have no easy access from highways in Yellowstone.
From the Utica Observer-Dispatch:
The spaces for recreational vehicles at the Ilion Marina and RV Park in Ilion will be a little wider by next summer.
Harbormaster Don Sterling told the village board RV users had asked if the width of the spaces could be enlarged by 2 feet because many of the RVs have awnings on the side.
Sterling said the spaces were marked out in the early 1990s when RVs didn’t have the awnings. He proposed eliminating Site No. 1, which is 13 feet wide and taking the rest of the needed space from Site No. 16.
Site No. 1 usually is used only for parking anyway, he said.
The work could be done in the spring.
The village board approved the recommendation.
From the Lakeland Ledger:
The 450-acre Historic Fort Meade Outpost park proposed along the Peace River is to be built where the city's Outdoor Recreation Area is now, but it will be much larger, said Glenn Clover, the city's planning consultant on the project. Preliminary plans call for an equestrian center, fishing, a nature trail, a 105-space recreational vehicle park and a replica of the original fort that gave the city its name.
A Sept. 5 workshop where plans were aired was part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to determine whether the park can sustain itself once it's built.
City Manager Fred Hilliard told those attending the workshop that the city would retain ownership of the land, but would lease it to those operating businesses in the park, including the RV park and the equestrian center.
"We could lease the park and make revenue from it," he said, "but we wouldn't be in the day-to-day operations at all."
City Commissioner Bob Elliott said he thinks the RV park has the most potential for the project.
"I think it needs to be much larger," he said. "The potential there is endless."