Kelsey Dewey wrote -The Painted Turtle was caught in the path of the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest this past week. In what seems an inexplicable miracle, every one of the camp’s major buildings remained intact while every piece of vegetation at the camp and in the surrounding 30,000 acres was destroyed.
Because of the extreme smoke damage to the buildings and fire’s impact on the terrain, The Painted Turtle had no choice but to make the incredibly difficult decision to cancel all of our summer sessions for 2013. We know this is very sad news but this decision was made for the safety and well-being of our campers, which is always our first priority.
During the next three months we will be undergoing an extensive process of landscape cleanup and hydro-seeding, cleaning of all buildings and ventilation systems, and an ozone cleaning process of every building to ensure that The Painted Turtle facility meets the high level of safety that is the trademark of our program.