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Yosemite Rim Fire Damages Tawonga Jewish Summer Camp

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The largest wildfire in California’s history has led to the evacuation of a Jewish summer camp and destroyed at least one of its buildings.

The Yosemite Rim Fire triggered the cancellation of Camp Tawonga’s annual Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp, San Francisco’s j. weekly reported.

On Friday, Tawonga Executive Director Ken Kramarz said in a post on Facebook that one cabin had burned, and that downed power lines, fallen trees and “active fire” had made the last 1.5 miles of road to the camp impassable.

Earlier last week, camp director Jamie Simon-Harris emailed the board of directors and board alumni to report that the fire line was holding and flame retardant had been dumped on all “essential structures,” according to a report in the j. weekly.

“As Shabbat arrives tonight, I urge every Tawongan to pray for the safety of the firefighters,”  Kramarz wrote on Facebook.

In 1999, a forest fire destroyed several buildings on the perimeter of the camp, according to the j. weekly.

The fire is burning over 143,980 acres and is only 7 percent contained. On Monday, the fire destroyed the Berkeley Toulumne Family Camp, a city-owned camp for residents, the Bay City News reported.

In July, a falling tree at Camp Tawonga struck five counselors, killing one and severely injuring two others.

Second Jewish Camp Tragedy Kills One in California; 20 Injured

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A tree fell through a dining hall at a Jewish summer camp in Northern California Wednesday morning, killing one adult and injuring 20 others, including four adults who were airlifted to a nearby hospital. No children were injured.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant, posted on Twitter that emergency crews were responding to a “mass casualty” event on Wednesday at Camp Tawonga with 20 reported injuries. The camp is located near Yosemite National Park.

All children have been accounted for. Although none were injured, a tweet from CalFireNews stated, “children trapped after tree falls through dining hall at Camp Tawonga.” The fatality has not been identified and official reports said he or she is “missing.”

The tree smashed through the roof of a dining hall around 8:30 a.m. (PDT), and U.S. Forest Service park rangers worked several hours to to remove the tree. Two of the four who were airlifted were women, ages 20 and 21, who suffered minor injuries. The condition of the others is not known.

Last week, lightning injured three children, one critically, at a summer camp in Indiana.

Two of the three injured  campers at the Goldman Union Camp Institute Reform Jewish summer camp near Indianapolis have been released from the hospital.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/second-jewish-camp-tragedy-kills-one-in-california-20-injured/2013/07/03/

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