Wildland fire prevented in Hope Valley
August 14, 2005
A motor home was demolished in a fire Sunday morning at Hope Valley Campground. No one was apparently hurt in the fire, which started off Blue Lakes Road at 10:25 a.m. before rattling nerves of campers and wildland firefighters.
Alpine County and Lake Valley firefighters combed through debris of the leveled motor home believed to be unoccupied. The fire evidently burned so hot, law enforcement was unable to identify the license plate or VIN of the vehicle. The owners of the motor home are unknown.
A Forest Service, Carson station crew surrounded the perimeter to guard against trees catching on fire – especially with ammunition exploding inside, tires blowing out and fuel concerns, Alpine County sheriff’s Deputy Ron Michitarian reported.
Area authorities had issued an extreme fire warning, prompting the deputy to issue words of advice to those on the recreational vehicle camping circuit. He recommends campers turn their electric and gas connections off when they leave their vehicles.
Arthur Freeman of El Segundo didn’t know what to expect when he drove up to his camp spot after having breakfast in Markleeville. Fire units had blocked the entrance, and he thought the worst.
“I thought my camper was a goner,” he said.
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But an unknown good Samaritan hauled his motor home out of the way because it was located close to the fire.
– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org