Fire Work Party- August 8, 9, 10

August 11th, 2014 in Around the Woodstove

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Many thanks to:  Max, Matt and Zeke along with Debbie and David, Shirley and Jim, Earl, Bob, David, Mike and Lyle for all their help this past weekend during our work party. The fire incident team gave us guarded permission to be up at High Camp for a few days to get the area into shape so we would be ready when we are able to open for business! I say guarded in that when they realized we had 14 people and 4 vehicles up there I think they might have wanted to change their minds! We were told to be ready to evacuate and would be expected to exit High Camp within an hour of the evacuation call. Last Wednesday, August 6th had turned out to be a bad day up there where the fire made run towards McCue Ridge. Friday the Haines index was 4 which increased the fire fighters anxiety a lot! Helicopters traversed back and forth above High Camp as they brought buckets of water from Lake Julius to the fire just over the ridge. We were sprayed with residual water from the buckets. The work was intense. Saturday and Sunday the fire calmed down a bit although we were working in smoke quite a bit.

The water truck fills up and then waters the road each day to keep the dust down and the area moist.

The water truck fills up and then waters the road each day to keep the dust down and the area moist.

We did extensive repairs on Gentian cabin due to the off season invasion of a badger. The animal came in through the visqueen on the back of the cabin tearing it up completely and then just wrecked havoc inside. We replaced the plastic with plexiglass and cleaned it up. The cabin looks great! Columbine cabin has a new wood stove which is heavier so we needed to reinforce the floor beneath it. Larkspur cabin suffered some animal damage also which we repaired. Lupine cabin deck got reinforced. We painted floors and decks on most of the cabins, the sauna building and the lodge; also all the insides of the outhouses got painted. Most of the chimneys were swept and outhouse “towers” dug out and cleaned up.

Fire fighters working the perimeter of the lodge as a fire barrier. The plastic on the double doors is to protect the lodge from the sprinkler system.

Fire fighters working the perimeter of the lodge as a fire barrier. The plastic on the double doors is to protect the lodge from the sprinkler system.

We tidied up the grounds as best we could, although the sprinkler system will remain up until all threat of fire is absent.  There is a bulldozer road between the camp and forest service land that goes from above Huckleberry cabin down to Mac’s Express. There is also dozer barriers around Larkspur and Foxfire. All the structures have ditches around them for a fire barrier. The fire fighters will come in and do a restoration around High Camp when the fire incident is over which will probably be some time in September.

When can we open for business? Probably in September. I just wait for a call from the Forest Service. We are taking reservations for September and October and also for our Winter season. As I have said before, going to Scottish Lakes High Camp this fall will be a lesson in how our fire fighters work so hard to protect us from a huge fire event.

Chris