Friday, September 9, 2011

Wildfire threatens Big Lake Youth Camp


Photo from Big Lake Youth Camp's Facebook
page. Arrow added to show BLYC's location.
A nearby wildfire forced Big Lake Youth Camp to finish its final week of summer camp early and evacuate all staff, campers and livestock.

The lighting-sparked Shadow Lake Fire has burned to within a half mile of the Seventh-day Adventist summer camp, the camp website stated.

The camp was in the middle of Family Camp II, the last week of camp in its summer camp season when it was evacuated on Sept. 3.

Big Lake Youth Camp is located at the base of Mt. Washington, inside the Willamette National Forest, near Sisters, Ore.

In the picture above, the fire closest to the lake is not the actual wildfire. It is the controlled fire that firefighters created to protect the campsite. According to the camp, the actual wildfire is behind the controlled fire's smoke.

The image below shows just how close the fire line was to the camp at 2:32 p.m. Sept. 9. The red overlay indicates the wildfire perimeter. The reason it appears so close to the camp is because firefighters tried protecting the camp by back burning 1400 acres between the campsite and the wildfire, the camp said.

shadow lake wildfire nears Big Lake Youth Camp
Map from InciWeb.org

Big Lake Youth Camp began in 1962. It is owned and operated by the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Local news report about Big Lake Youth Camp and the nearby wildfire:

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