A small fire began at the south end of the beach bluff area at Camp Meriwether in the evening of Sunday, July 7, possibly started by members of the public at the nearby Sand Lake Recreation Area.
The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District (NRFPD) received the call at 7:30 p.m. According to the district, the fire appeared to have started on the beach. All campers and staff were assembled and accounted for in the camp dining hall awaiting instructions for emergency personnel and camp leadership.
Crews from the Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), one fire investigator, Tillamook Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca, North Lincoln, and Bay City came to the scene. The NRFPD sheltered residents of the camp away from the fire. Camp Meriwether as well as Camp Clark were evacuated from the location of the fire. There was about 500 people – from staff to campers – that the NRFPD sheltered.
According to Ed Wallmark from the Tillamook ODF, the fire was controlled as of midnight. Crews are currently working throughout the day and will continue throughout the night. Crews will also be on the scene tomorrow in case of any flare ups. According to Wallmark, the scene is “looking good” as crews mop up dust and debris from the fire.
According to the NRFPD, the fire was about 2 acres. The area of what is to be believed as the origin on the fire is secured and the investigation is still ongoing.
Updates will be posted as soon as possible as the investigation continues.