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Updates from the Fire

Updates from the Fire

August 28, 2020 news,newsletters

All Staff are Safe and Well   Mostly Great News – Thank You, God Protection from the Fires   First, thank you all who had concern and prayed for the safety of the Redwood Glen staff and facility. The staff and board are very grateful for your partnership in these […]

 
Mostly Great News – Thank You, God
Protection from the Fires
 
First, thank you all who had concern and prayed for the safety of the Redwood Glen staff and facility. The staff and board are very grateful for your partnership in these extra trying days. God has been gracious: all the staff and most of the camp facilities were protected. There is some damage and LOTS of clean up that will be necessary. The staff and their families are not allowed back as of this writing. But they are ready to start the recovery process.
 
The hundreds of lightning strike fires has been disastrous for our state and for the coast ranges. Redwood Glen was impacted with the slow moving ground fire literally at the doorstep of the camp for days. The staff evacuated promptly and safely. And, remember, the campgrounds are continually monitored and cleaned as a fire precaution. This previous action was vital to the camp’s safety. Thanksgiving to God for the safety and morale of the staff and their families during this time.
Two of Redwood Glen’s staff are also firefighters. Above you see Ronald Gonzalves and Andrew Gonzalves after more than a week of the fight. The staff and board were able to receive regular updates about the fire fight progress from them. To the left is a fire crew the camp’s insurance company sent. They were are the camp for days to hold off the fire’s advance.
 
Because of the fire’s incredible size, not every part of the camp was spared damage. An irrigation tank was destroyed. A platform at the Pioneer Village site will need rebuilding. Pipelines that feed the water system from the creek were also burned and damaged. It will be a major effort to have these lines replaced.
The most disheartening damage was done to the Chapel in the Woods. The fire passed by and around it one day, leaving it completely OK. But a night later, the fire returned up the hill and destroyed the platform and stage area. It is very sad to look at, but click the picture if you want to see a short video sweep of the area.
 
What’s Next?
What Can You Do to Help?
Glad you asked! A couple of efforts will be happening very soon.
1 – Bridge the Gap Funds Campaign – The Redwood Glen board will be launching a funds drive very soon. The goal will be to secure enough donations and monthly commitments to get Redwood Glen to next summer’s camps. The pandemic has meant no camps, no guests and no income since the beginning of shelter in place. And now, with the fire, there will be other needs that require money and expertise. Please be prepared to respond in significant ways to this effort.
2 – Work Days! Get yourself and your friends ready to participate in work days at camp during the fall. There will be much to do: fire retardant clean up, replacing pipelines, clean up from ash and other fire evidence. The next few weeks, these work days will be planned. Stay tuned for dates, needs, and team efforts.
 
Happening in a couple of weeks: Able bodied volunteers will be needed to “pull pipe” to rebuild the water supply to the treatment plant. It is a tough job but 3-5 people helping the staff can get it done. If you are interested, click the link to ask more about the pipe pulling party.
 
“Such Gratitude”
The staff and board of Redwood Glen have an intense and heart full of gratitude the camp survived the recent fires. In the list of who and what deserves our thank you’s are the firefighters (professional and volunteer), the team leaders, the weather factors, the staff preparation for such an event, the prayers and hopes of many, and, of course, God. We know we are not specially blessed, as God loves all and gives wisdom and impact to all ministries that serve the mission of Christ. We do know that sometimes grace comes in very physical ways, and for this we sing in praise and thanksgiving.
(Photo by Andrew Gonsalves)
 
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