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Jeff Simms

Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), who spent the last few weeks traveling in California, said that he hasn’t heard of any private parks impacted by flames from the numerous wildfires spread throughout the state, but that smoke has definitely impacted park owners.

“It was a rare occasion that I could see an actual clear sky while I was there,” he noted to Woodall’s Campground Management.

Racking up over 2,000 miles of driving time, Sims was originally in the state for the National Conference of State Legislators and then traveled the state to meet with members and do a membership recruitment drive.

According to Cal Fire, there are multiple wildfires burning throughout the state. The Mendocino Complex fire, the largest in the state’s history, is currently centered around Mendocino County, has burned more than 361,000 acres and is 67% contained.

The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties is 93% contained and has burned more than 229,000 acres. While the Ferguson Fire, which shut down parts of Yellowstone Valley, is now 100% contained and burned more than 96,000 acres.

These fires, along with other fires, have been keeping thousands of firefighters busy throughout the state as dry, warm weather continues to fuel the blazes.

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