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Thick Smoke Affects Local Business in Prospect

Crater Lave RV Park in Prospect has seen a 30% dip in business since the smoke moved into the area.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 6:13 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 6:31 PM

PROSPECT, Ore. -- The smoke and ash from the Sugar Pine Fire burning in Jackson and Douglas counties is affecting local businesses. 

Crater Lave RV Park in Prospect has seen a 30% dip in business since the smoke moved into the area. That's about 10 to 12 empty sites. Today ash was falling in Prospect as smoke enveloped the area. 

"The smoke started coming and then we were getting cancellations," says Pam Lee, Owner of Crater Lake RV Park. 

Lee has owned the RV Park for 15 years, and has experienced wildfires before. She's not charging any fees to people that want to cancel. 

"We totally understand and we want them to come back another time," says Lee. 

Right now the RV Park is not under an evacuation order. They are preparing themselves and guests just in case. 

"Our first priority is going to be letting our guests know, letting them have the opportunity if they want to leave early or if they want to get prepared. We will get our guests out first," says Lee. 

Some fire crews are staying at the park, including a helicopter pilot. It's about 8 miles away from the Fire Camp. 

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