Caldor Fire threatens Berkeley’s Echo Lake Camp

The Caldor Fire is threatening Berkeley’s Echo Lake Camp, a recreational facility operated by the City of Berkeley on Echo Summit, near South Lake Tahoe. 

Fire crews have had to retreat to a safe area as the fire advances towards the cabins, Keith May, assistant chief of the Berkeley Fire Department, told SFGATE.

“It’s coming down as you can see, this ridge. There’s no way these are going to survive unfortunately,” Liesch told Bartell, gesturing towards the nearby cabins. “… We’re getting out of here. Unfortunately we can’t defend this area.

Last week, the Berkeley Fire Department sent personnel up to the area to prepare the Echo Lake Camp area by removing dead branches and other potential fuel away from the structures. On Sunday, eight personnel were sent up for a final defense of the property. 

“We are currently monitoring the #CaldorFire which is threatening Berkeley’s Lake Echo Camp,” tweeted Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin on Monday morning. “@BerkeleyFD is on scene and will do everything possible to protect the site. I will post updates as they become available.”

As of this morning, the Caldor Fire was a quarter mile away and heading towards the Echo Lake Camp, according to May.

The historic Berkeley-owned camp, which has been operating since 1922, is a 15 minute walk from Echo Lake. The camp features a pool, dining hall, and dozens of cabins for staff and campers at the popular youth summer camp. This is not the first time a Berkeley camp has been threatened by a wildfire: in 2013, Tuolumne Camp near the West entrance of Yosemite National Park was destroyed in the Rim Fire.

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