‘Ventura KOA’ Continues Wildfire Recovery

Patio furniture was all that was left at this deluxe cabin site at Ventura Ranch KOA after last year’s Thomas Fire.

The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday is an escape to nature for people throughout Ventura County, Calif., and all over the world, according to KEYT.

But on the night of Dec. 4, 2017, chaos erupted as the Thomas Fire sparked evacuations at the campgrounds and across Ventura County.

Owner Scott Cory says dozens of people on the site were told to evacuate that night.

“Flames were coming over the top of their car and their RV as they were leaving at that time and said it was the most horrific thing they’ve ever been through,” said Cory.

The flames came dangerously close to taking lives, especially for those who call the 76-acre ranch home.

“We lost 22 structures, all of our cabins were to ground zero and everything melted,” said Cory. ”Our office was destroyed, our tipis were destroyed and our safari tents were destroyed. It was devastating to come back and see the aftermath.”

The peaceful area was reduced to ash, forcing a nine-month-long closure.

Now, after months of recovery efforts, 80% of the park is back open to the public.

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