FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2021
Sisters, Oregon — On Tuesday afternoon, August 3, Big Lake Youth Camp was advised by Willamette National Forest Fire Dispatch to begin evacuating campers out of an abundance of caution due to a nearby wildfire. Lightning strikes on August 2 ignited the fire on the west flank of Mount Washington, approximately three miles south of Big Lake Youth Camp. Fire personnel and aircraft mounted a rapid response to try and contain the blaze, but shifting winds and worsening visibility hampered efforts on August 3.
While the Big Lake Youth Camp facility is not in immediate danger, a preemptive evacuation of campers ensures the safety of both campers and staff should fire conditions worsen in coming days. Parents can pick up their children Tuesday evening, August 3, from 7:00-10:30 PM or Wednesday morning, August 4.
The facility remains at an official Level 2 — “Get Set” evacuation alert, and camp leadership will continue working with local officials to determine the next steps for camp operations.
Big Lake Youth Camp is owned and operated by the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and serves campers ages 7-17. Located in the Willamette National Forest, Big Lake Youth Camp operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service.