Mendocino and Lake county wildfires force residents to flee

Two different wildfires that erupted Friday between Lake and Mendocino county lines doubled in size Sunday, forcing 10,000 people to flee near Clear Lake and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people where temperatures had reached triple digits. Fire officials ordered residents to leave the towns of Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Nice, on the west and north shores of Clear Lake, including…

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Heat and low humidity contribute to multiple roadside grass fires

This summer’s heat and dryness create conditions that could easily ignite fires in dry grass along highways. This became quite clear when on last Thursday morning a vehicle caught fire in Douglas County, Oregon, near Azalea on Interstate 5, reported The News-Review. The fire spread to the grass and burned one-tenth of an acre. On Wednesday, one lane on Interstate…

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UPDATE: Carr fire continues to rage thru weekend in Northern CA

UPDATE: Redding, California (CNN). The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is actually creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread. At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, CA, as shifting winds, dry fuel, and…

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Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans

It had been 20 years since Silver Streak manufactured travel trailers, the aluminum-bodied brand launched in 1946. Entrepreneur Ellie Dillon acquired the rights from former Silver Streak owner Rolf Zuschlag in 2016, writes David MacNeal in RVPRO. Ellie and her husband, Phillip, along with a team of aircraft builders, determined to bring back the once-famous Silver Streak aircraft body trailers…

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Ferguson Fire forces parts of Yosemite NP to close until August 3

The Ferguson Fire continues to burn close to Yosemite National Park and the weather conditions have kept the Yosemite Valley filled with unhealthy levels of smoke, reports ABC30.com. That has led the National Park Service to announce that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed until Friday, August 3. Though the fire is expanding, it only expanded by about…

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UPDATE: Vehicle mechanical failure cause of Carr Fire

The Carr Fire continues to rage across Northern California on Saturday morning, having moved into heavily populated areas, reported the Washington Post. “This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said. The Carr Fire began Monday afternoon, July 23, and was caused by a vehicle’s mechanical failure, Cal Fire…

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Boondockers: Get out of wildfire areas NOW

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, The current wildfires and the likelihood of a dry, incendiary summer fire season has me quite uneasy regarding where I usually spend my summers – camping and boondocking in the Western forests. What should I be doing – and not doing – when camping this fire season? —George Hi George,  You’re…

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Carr Fire bears down on Shasta & Redding, campers flee, marina burns

Triple-digit temperatures, extremely low humidity, and gusty winds intensified overnight Thursday tripling the Carr Fire to 45 square miles, reports the Review-Journal. Dozens of homes have burned in the communities of Shasta, Keswick, and the west side of Redding, a city of about 92,000 people. The situation is chaotic as Redding residents received little warning and were scrambling to evacuate.…

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Millennial concepts of sharing economy redefines camping

Camping used to be defined as either pitching a tent or parking an RV in a campground. But Tentrr, the Airbnb or Uber of the great outdoors, hopes to attract millennials that own neither a tent nor an RV reports The Morning Call. The New York-based company installs standardized campsites — with more than $1,200 of equipment — on remote corners of large,…

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Yosemite fire threatens Merced Grove’s giant sequoias

PUBLISHED: July 27, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: July 27, 2018 at 9:04 am As flames from the Ferguson Fire burn closer to some of the world’s oldest and largest trees, firefighters are racing to protect ancient sequoias on Yosemite National Park’s western edge, reported Paul Rogers of the Bay Area News Group. About 25 Yosemite firefighters with fire…

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RVers find volunteering adventuresome and fulfilling

Many couples, after going fulltime in their RVs in retirement, find volunteering a fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. Take for instance Randy and Sandy Reed. The Reeds are fulltime RVers who describe themselves as the adventurous type. They spent five years living on a sailboat when they were first married and have sought out volunteer placements as they travel, writes Kaija…

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