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Dear Friends,

Thanks to all who have expressed your care and support for Collins Lake Ranch, Mora and nearby communities!

This week, the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon wildfire grew to over 165,000 acres, making it the second largest in New Mexico’s recorded history. As of today, the Collins Lake Ranch facility was still intact but a portion of the forested property on the ridge above camp has burned. Steve says he’s feeling optimistic because fire fighters are using the lake water to fight fires in the surrounding forests, and if necessary will use it directly on the ranch. More importantly, all the residents and staff of the ranch are still safe and have their needs met in other locations. There are high winds forecasted for this coming weekend so Mora and Collins Lake Ranch are not out of danger yet.

Our Mountain Friends Camp board is meeting weekly, and our board president Beverley is in touch with the leadership of Collins Lake Ranch on a near daily basis. At this point, we still hope to hold camp as planned, but are also discussing and researching contingency plans. We will share more information about the fire, and any impacts on our plans for summer camp, as soon as we are able. We continue to ask everyone please hold Collins Lake Ranch and the entire northern New Mexico area in the Light.

In Peace,

Anastacia Ebi,
Camp director

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