Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (BTC) 


Update on the Rim Fire damage

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 11, 2013) – After a massive wildfire devastated much of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp in late August, the City has been moving on a number of fronts to respond.

We have been working to protect and stabilize the area to prevent further damage to the forest and the river. The work has required close collaboration with contractors and our insurance adjusters, as well as federal, state and local authorities who each have jurisdiction over the site.

To-date, the City's specialized contractor has completed the erosion control work at the site and the testing of the site for hazardous materials.  In the next two weeks, the City will obtain the authorizations from the U.S. Forest Service, Tuolumne County, and other regulatory agencies in order to proceed with the removal and disposal of the fire debris. 

To-date, the site still remains closed due to the many issues involved.

We are pursuing a number of paths to cover costs. Our insurance adjusters have been responsive and we are continuing to work closely with them to optimize our coverage for the disaster. In addition, the City, local, state and federal authorities have been working together to request a Federal Declaration of Emergency, which may make the site eligible for FEMA relief funds.  This process is complex and will take some time to complete.

As a first step in assessing camp rebuilding, the City will begin a complex and lengthy Master Development Plan process with the U.S. Forest Service in the Fall of 2013.

As for a temporary camp option in Summer 2014, the City has identified up to six potential options to consider.  We’ve been meeting regularly with Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp and will conduct a process with all of the Tuolumne Camp stakeholders in the coming weeks to identify the best option for Summer 2014, and we will publicize that information as soon as it is available.

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  BTC Fire Damage - hazardous tree fall
BTC Fire Damage - tree hazard

BTC Fire Damage - erosion hazards 
BTC fire damage - erosion hazard

BTC Fire Damage - burnt debris - close-up
BTC fire damage - burnt debris - close-up