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Petaluma campground aids fire evacuees

Petaluma campground aids fire evacuees

PETALUMA, Calif. — RV Daily Report promises to publish all news that comes our way. Yesterday, we received some really positive news about a KOA campground that has gone out of its way to help evacuees of the fires in Northern California.

Rather than summarize what this evacuee wrote to us about KOA Kampground in Petaluma, we decided to let Gil Warren’s letter speak for itself. The text of his letter follows:

Dear RV Daily Report,

I’m a current evacuee from the Santa Rosa fire at KOA Kampgound in Petaluma, California.

The owners Chris and Pauline Wood had not anticipated the numbers and needs of evacuees of the fires in Northern California but have acted graciously and immediately to accommodate evacuees and first responders.

I spoke earlier today with KOA Petaluma owner Pauline Wood, who was driving the campground visiting with guests. She related that the campground was set to be full up with weekend campers starting Friday but they contacted all campers who had reservations and requested they not come because of the needs for evacuees.

Currently the campground is near capacity and there is a possibility for expanding into vacant fields to accommodate boondocking.

In addition to giving evacuees a place to stay, KOA Petaluma has brought in RV accommodations for Cal Fire firefighters both in overflow areas and in storage areas where they keep accommodations for summer camp students. Pauline also related that the majority of her staff, who normally have Wednesday’s off, showed up to work in order to help handle the increased number of guests.

KOA Petaluma owners and staff are going above and beyond to make good come from this tragic event and they deserve kudos and recognition for their efforts.

I hope RV Daily Report and the RV industry will find a way to recognize KOA Petaluma.


Gil Warren
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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