WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - Campers were forced to run after a fire erupted in Whiskeytown on the Fourth of July.
Mark Shorten lives on at Oak Bottom and is the camp host. He describes the night as an hour of chaos. Shorten told Action News Now he saw lines of cars trying to escape, as people left behind their camping gear.
“It was nerve-wracking having 100 people drive out of here at the same time down this road,” said Shorten.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area says the fire broke out just before midnight on the Fourth of July. Campers evacuated but returned when crews contained the fire.
Officials believe some escaped embers started the fire. The fire burned about a quarter acre. No one was hurt during the fire or evacuation.