Fire and smoke disrupt boys and girls camps |

Fire and smoke disrupt boys and girls camps

Marshall Miller of Nevada City returned home four days earlier from his Boy Scouts camp Tuesday, because Camp Lassen, near Chico, where he’d planned to spend the week was evacuated due to fire danger.

Miller, 13, belongs to the Boy Scouts Troop 24 which comprises of students from Grass Valley and Nevada City schools, said Lynda Miller, his mother and an assistant parent leader with Boy Scouts.

“People weren’t so much concerned about the camp, but were worried that the highways in and out of the camp ” specifically Highway 32 ” would be compromised,” Lynda Miller said.

The campground was evacuated around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Lynda Miller said. The people from the camp took shelter at the Neighborhood Church in Chico, Lynda Miller added.

All the Boy Scouts of Troop 24 returned home Tuesday, Lynda Miller said.

“We have been alerted in the past, but camps have never had to be evacuated,” said Jim Martin, scout executive with the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“(The evacuation) was a little bit of fun for the boys, but it was also a bit scary because they had limited time to pack what they had,” Lynda Miller said. “But I guess they were happy to get away from the smoke. It was getting pretty smoky up there.”

The Girl Scouts’ Northern Mines Service Unit in Nevada City also had to change their venue for week-long activities from Pioneer Park to St. Canice Center, Michelle Baker, day camp program director with the Girl Scouts said.

“We had planned daytime activities all week at Pioneer Park, but due to the smoky conditions, we moved to St. Canice Center,” Baker said. “Every day we are doing something to donate to local non-profits. (On Wednesday) we tie-died pillowcases to send to our troops in Iraq.”

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