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Camp Mather to open with full season after avoiding Rim Fire damage

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Camp Mather’s 90th season was announced Thursday by San Francisco officials despite fears that the season would be delayed or canceled because of a massive forest fire that damaged the area last year.

With the outbreak of the Rim Fire, which tore through the forested mountains last summer and into the fall, there was concern that The City’s Sierra Nevada family camping facility, founded in 1926, may be destroyed.

The Rim Fire, which burned hundreds of thousands of acres in the Stanislaus National Forest in the Yosemite area, did not damage Camp Mather. But it did destroy Berkeley’s Tuolumne Family Camp.

“We’re happy to have worked closely with San Francisco Rec and Park to keep [Camp Mather] safe during the Rim Fire, and to ensure that it would reopen for the 2014 season,” said Harlan Kelly, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission general manager.

While the campsite is open for the season, the fire caused severe damage to the surrounding area and the U.S. Forestry Service has closed a number of facilities it manages.

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