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The Painted Turtle Camp Copes With Powerhouse Fire Aftermath

The Painted Turtle Camp Copes With Powerhouse Fire Aftermath

The Painted Turtle camp, intended primarily for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses, was forced to close down due to the aftermath of the Powerhouse fire which devastated sections of the Angeles National Forest, southwest of Lancaster in late-May. The camp has undergone several remediations to clear the ash and burned brush permeating their landscape and campgrounds. 


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The Painted Turtle camp, a part of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, is situated in Lake Hughes and has provided “a year-round, life changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses and provides care, education and respite for their families,” according to a statement provided by the Painted Turtle.

 The Painted Turtle gives children from California the chance to be kids and have fun in a safe, camp environment, completely free-of-charge. 

 Although all of the Painting Turtle’s major buildings were preserved, due to the the residual health risk of the fire’s aftermath, the 174-acre campsite is closed down for the summer so that it posed no health risks to the campers due to the extensive amount of debris and smoke that pervaded the campgrounds. 

The renovation process is expected to take several months and renovation costs at the camp are likely to exceed $2 million dollars, according to Blake Maher, executive director of the Painted Turtle.

The restoration measures involve extensive ash and debris removal from land, extensive smoke remediation in all buildings and ventilation systems, replacement of damaged landscape and replacement of lost supplies and out-buildings.

 “It was a heart-wrenching decision to cancel the summer camp sessions at The Painted Turtle, knowing how disappointed over 800 children would be. So many of the children who attend, all of whom have serious medical conditions, look forward all year long to their time at camp,” said Maher. 

 “These children are incredibly brave and resilient and we look forward to The Painted Turtle reopening and welcoming them back to what many of them consider a home away from home,” according to his statement. 

 For additional information, contact their office at 310.451.1353.  

The camp is accepting donations for its fire recovery fund on its website.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Source: Santa Clarita News


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