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Cal Fire crews save camp

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Tuolumne Trails, a camp operated by Jerry and Paula Baker and the foundation named for them, is a location designed especially for campers with special needs.

Opened in 2008 and located near Groveland just outside Yosemite National Park, it has wheelchair access to outdoor trails, campfire areas and a swimming pool, all designed for handicapped campers.

Six cabins with full power and a great hall with dining room, infirmary, offices, and game and craft rooms provide space for 80 visitors at any given time, and the camp’s year-round philosophy is that no camper should be turned away for any reason.

So when a rampaging inferno known as the Rim Fire approached within a few hundred yards of the site last week it was up to the Bakers to make a choice; flee the towering blaze and leave behind their livelihood, or make a stand against the wrath of nature...


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