2017-08-03 / Front Page

PG&E workers done using Bagby as utility resoration base of operation

By Gazette staff

The Bagby Recreational Area is shown the Thursday after the Detwiler Fire burned through the area.Photo by Nicole W. LittleThe Bagby Recreational Area is shown the Thursday after the Detwiler Fire burned through the area.Photo by Nicole W. LittlePG&E workers are no longer using Lake McClure’s Bagby Recreation Area as a staging ground to support Detwiler Fire restoration.

The Bagby Recreation Area on Highway 49 North was serving as a staging point for utility restoration efforts. PG&E had anticipated completing the work by Aug. 21, but was done much sooner than expected, by Aug. 8.

The Merced Irrigation District oversees and manages the Bagby Recreation Area.

“The day use is back open, the boat launch facilities and bathrooms are also open for people to utilize,” said Mike Jensen, public relations representative for MID. “In terms of the campgrounds, still not sure what’s going to happen this year after the fire. We’ll be assessing that.”


MID gave aid to fire victims

During the Detwiler Fire, Merced Irrigation District offered assistance to those affected by the fire.

MID offered free camping at sites unaffected and not threatened by the fire to evacuees of Mariposa County until the evacuation order was lifted.

“We wanted to do anything we could to help,” said Jensen.

Jensen explained that while MID was willing to help, they made it clear they were not “official” authorized evacuation sites.

“We were trying to make clear to people, there were evacuation centers,” Jensen said.

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