FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Camp Wilderness Ridge – Hidden Pines Fire Update
Smithville, TX—10/16/2015— The Bastrop County Hidden Pines Fire moved through Camp Wilderness Ridge over the past two days. Camp staff received word that several structures on both the 1320 Park Road 1C and 855 Park Road 1C properties, including all staff housing, were lost. All camp staff and families were safely evacuated and are relocated to temporary housing in the area. The full extent of damage is presently unknown until access to the two camp properties is restored.
Previous Experience with Wildfire Recovery
Since September of 2011, Camp Wilderness Ridge has been recovering from the Bastrop Complex Fire, where 24 out of 26 total structures were lost, as well as vehicles, maintenance equipment, and 90% of trees. Camp staff are thankful for the numerous volunteers who have labored alongside them to re-plant pines, mitigate fire load, rebuild and restore camp facilities, and serve several thousand guests over the last four years.
How to Help
Camp staff and families have been overcome with thankfulness at the notes of support and offers to help from the community of those positively impacted by the ministry. Financial gifts may be given at www.wildernessridge.com/give or by mail to: Camp Wilderness Ridge, P.O. Box 1025, Smithville, TX 78957. A “needs-list” is being compiled and will be shared through the Camp Wilderness Ridge website (www.wildernessridge.com) and Facebook page. Please continue to pray for staff and their families as they experience the impact of this event and make plans to move forward with the ministry of Camp Wilderness Ridge.
Camp Wilderness Ridge exists to change the world through the servant-leadership of REAL men. Founded in 1987, Camp Wilderness Ridge is an independent, non-denominational Christian camp which provides low-cost, wilderness-oriented, servant-leadership focused Summer Camps for young men age 7-17 and custom events for ministries and organizations. They operate on two properties located in the heart of the Lost Pines of Central Texas between Buescher & Bastrop State Parks.
For media inquiries:
Neil Kenagy, Executive Director
For updates and more information:
@CampWR on Twitter & Instagram