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Help support Pine Springs Ranch as it recovers from a severe forest fire and damage to ranch property

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about 2 years ago

On Wednesday camp staff expected to enter the camp Thursday morning to remove the campers' personal items, and I -- Gerry Chudleigh -- was going to go in with them to take pictures. But Wednesday evening officials ordered the evacuation of much of Idyllwild and Fern Valley, and they closed Highway 74 from Hemet and from Anza. So the photography will have to wait for another day. Not sure yet, if Carmen and others will be able to get to PSR on Thursday.

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About the Campaign

Pine Spring Ranch was severely damaged by a rapidly moving forest fire July 15 and 16, 2013. 

See photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gchudleigh/sets/72157634716883198/

We thank God that none of the staff, campers or animals were injured. But the camp will be closed until extensive repairs and rebuilding are finished, and we will need your help to rebuild. The largest costs will be covered by insurance, but many smaller expenses, such as environmental restoration, personal losses and facility improvements will require additional donations. Exact needs will be listed on this site in the next few days. Please support us and donate today!

About Pine Springs Ranch

Pine Springs Ranch was originally built by the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to minister to kids, especially those age 9-16. Through the years, thousands have made decisions to let Jesus lead in their lives, while thousands more have grown in outdoor skills and personal relationships. PSR is also a popular Christian retreat center, providing a dynamic setting for training institutes and spiritual retreats.

HISTORY

The 480-acre Pine Springs Ranch Christian Camp and Conference Center is remotely nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains at an elevation of 5,200 feet. Pine Springs Ranch was purchased in 1961, replacing the 16-acre J. M. V. Pathfinder Camp in nearby Idyllwild, which began operation in 1932. Originally built to be a ranch-style summer camp, PSR has grown into one of the largest and most modern camp and conference centers of its kind on the West Coast. Pine Springs Ranch commonly hosts up to 200 kids per week during the summer. The dining room and multiple meeting rooms comfortably accomodate several hundred people.

THE EFFECTS OF THE FIRE

The fire started just west of Mountain Center on Monday afternoon and moved slowly, at first, toward Pine Springs Ranch. Monday evening fire officials recommended that PSR voluntarily evacuate the 124 junior campers. About 45 minutes later, they ordered an immediate evacuation. A quick inspection on Tuesday revealed that the home occupied by the facility manager and his family, just to the left of the entrance gate, had burned to the ground, and the sewage treatment plant was inoperable. The camp store was destroyed and several other buildings were damaged, some beyond repair. It is estimated that no functions will be possible at the camp for some time, possibly several months.

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Pine Springs Ranch posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Mountain Roads Closed

On Wednesday camp staff expected to enter the camp Thursday morning to remove the campers' personal items, and I -- Gerry Chudleigh -- was going to go in with them to take pictures. But Wednesday evening officials ordered the evacuation of much of Idyllwild and Fern Valley, and they closed Highway 74 from Hemet and from Anza. So the photography will have to wait for another day. Not sure yet, if Carmen and others will be able to get to PSR on Thursday.

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Pine Springs Ranch posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Pine Springs Ranch Update

PSR director, Carmen Ibanez, told me today that the order to evacuate was so urgent that there was no time to evacuate the 25 horses or the animals in the camp zoo. County Animal Control was evacuating horses from several camps but did not have time to get the PSR horses out. Fortunately, when Animal Control entered PSR on Tuesday, they found all the horses and other animals in good conditions. The hay had been burned, so they brought fresh hay to PSR and they watered the animals. -Gerry Chudleigh

Larry Eason commented on a blog post:
about 2 years ago
Thanks for the update Gerry. So glad to hear the horses were found in good condition.
Contessa Morgan commented on a blog post:
about 2 years ago
Wonderful memories of PSR. People give their lives to Christ there. PSR is my favorite place on earth!

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