September 4, 2009
Campers at the Water Wheel Campground fled the fire on Sunday, leaving camping gear scattered. The fire burned only patches in the campground, but charred the slopes on all sides. This week some evacuated residents complained about frequent abandoned campfires in the campground.
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The night before the Water Wheel Fire erupted, nearly taking out two communities, resident Michelle Ellenburg said she saw a large group of people with a bonfire near the Water Wheel on her way home.