Important Update: FIRE NEAR CAMP MERIWETHER
Posted Sunday, July 7 at 11:30pm:
A small fire began at the South end of the beach bluff area at Camp Meriwether in the evening of Sunday, July 7, possibly started by members of the public at the nearby Sand Lake Recreation Area. The camp’s standard emergency procedures were promptly activated; all campers and staff have been assembled and accounted for, and are safe in the camp dining hall awaiting instructions from emergency personnel and camp leadership. It is not anticipated that an evacuation will be necessary.
Similar precautions were taken at Camp Clark, the Cub Scout camp just North of Camp Meriwether; those campers were also assembled, and are all safe and accounted for. Camp Clark campers have since been released to their campsites for the night.
Emergency personnel from several local agencies have been and continue to be onsite, are handling the situation, and are in constant communication with camp and council leadership. We are monitoring the situation closely and will take every step to ensure the continued safety of all persons.
Update as of Monday, July 8 at 6:50am:
The small fire did not spread during the night and is under control, with professional fire crews managing hot spots. For the safety of all persons, a temporary off-limits work area has been established. All persons are safe and healthy, and were either returned to their campsites for sleep early this morning, or were assigned temporary quarters for those whose campsite is within the temporary work area.
Today’s camp schedule has been modified to allow campers to sleep in, with breakfast at 10am, and program activities planned to begin shortly thereafter so that Scouts can continue their Scout camp adventure.
We anticipate several troops to arrive this morning as part of their normal arrival schedule. Those troops are advised that camp is safe and we look forward to their arrival as planned.
Update as of Monday, July 8 at 12:45am:
All persons remain safe and healthy. Merit badge sessions began at 11:00am, followed by lunch at 12:30pm, and program will continue with afternoon merit badge sessions at 2:00pm. We are receiving periodic updates from the Oregon Department of Forestry incident commander, and are encouraged by the progress being made to return camp to normal conditions. All campers, leaders, and staff are being flexible and patient, and Scouts are out having fun in the sun at Camp Meriwether.
Update as of Monday, July 8 at 8:07pm:
All persons remain safe and healthy. We have been cleared by ODF to reoccupy all program areas and all but one campsite. All campers and gear have been moved to their campsites, and program will resume Tuesday morning as normally scheduled.
The fire area remains closed as ODF fire personnel continue to monitor the site and will to do so for the next day or so to ensure that all hot spots have been extinguished.
We now consider camp ‘back to normal.’ This page will be maintained for the remainder of this week in case any additional information needs to be shared.
Any further developments will be posted on this page.
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