Attention LDMA – GPAA Members,
The area surrounding the upcoming GPAA-LDMA Scott Bar outing is experiencing a massive lightning caused wildfire.
Since the beginning of the fires on August 11th, and especially during the last week, we have been monitoring these fires sometimes on an hourly basis and have made the decision, based on members safety, to reschedule the September 10th through September 14th LDMA-GPAA outing.
This decision is based on a number of factors supplied to us by Fire Command, Scott River caretaker reports and member reports in and around the affected area concerning not only the fire itself but air quality, mandatory evacuations, forest service emergency closures and mandatory traffic controls.
Member safety is first and foremost our greatest concern and with the current information being supplied to the Temecula office by Firefighting Services, we see no way of completely assuring our members' safety.
LDMA and GPAA members that are currently registered for this event will be receiving an email and a phone call from Member Services to discuss the option of attending the rescheduled Scott River outing, to be announced in the future, or the option of attending one of the remaining 2014 LDMA-GPAA outings.
Prior to receiving your call from Member Services, registered members are invited to visit the outings page of the GPAA website for upcoming outings, https://www.goldprospectors.org/Community/Events?category=LDMADIG.
To offer members a better understanding of the affected area, I have included the below map of the fire and its proximity to the LDMA Scott River camp (red arrow).
As of this time the Forest Service have listed the total committed resources to fighting this fire as Total Personnel: 2,737, Committed Resources: 77 crews, 11 helicopters, 133 engines, 22 dozers, 28 water tenders, 29 mules, 8 horses. We wish these Firefighters God Speed and safety as they continue to battle this fire.
Executive Director of Development
Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association
Gold Prospectors Association of America