2018-08-15 / World News

California camp forced to shut early due to fires

The final summer session of Camp Tawonga in Northern California was canceled due to smoke from the Ferguson Forest Fire. In a letter to parents also posted on social media, the director of the Jewish camp, Jamie Simon, said that “the U.S. Forest Service, the Tuolumne County Health Department and CAL FIRE all recommend that Camp Tawonga remains closed for at least another week due to unhealthy air quality and volatile fire conditions.” She also said the camp property was not in danger.

“Our thoughts are with the thousands of brave men and women still fighting this fire and many others in California,” she wrote.

More than 300 campers from the previous camp session were sent home on July 31 due to the fire and the backfires set to contain the blaze.

About 40 of the campers came from outside the Bay Area and were temporarily hosted by Camp Tawonga families. The campers are receiving full refunds, according to J. The Jewish News of Northern California. (JTA)

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