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Lake Fire: Evacuating Camp de Benneville Pines, refuge from LA for 50-plus years




Flames burn understory during a burnout operation along Jenks Lake Road Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire.
Flames burn understory during a burnout operation along Jenks Lake Road Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire.
Stuart Palley for KPCC

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This week the Lake Fire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them kids, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest.

That includes 120 kids in a theater arts group who were at Camp de Benneville Pines, a retreat and conference center in Barton Flats, 90 miles east of LA and 6,800 up in the mountains. The camp is run by the Unitarian-Universalist Association, and is open to all people.

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with Janet James, the camp's executive director, about the fire, the nature-centered philosophy of the camp, and camp dog Daisy Doodle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(James and Daisy Doodle)

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