A Message to Our Community: Wildfire Safety Updates
As of July 20, 2021 9:00am PT
Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS)
Due to the proximity of the Cedar Creek fire, the Northwest Outward Bound School Mazama (WA) basecamp was moved to Evacuation Level 2 on July 19. Evacuation Level 2 means “Get Ready.” At approximately 10:00 pm last night (July 19th), Northwest Outward Bound School pre-emptively evacuated staff from basecamp. No students were at the Mazama basecamp. Staff are safely moving all gear, food, and other supplies to a secure location.
We will continue to support courses in the field from this location. Northwest Outward Bound School students are continuing their courses in areas farthest from fires and smokes, and closest to potential evacuation routes (roads) in case those are needed. No group is currently in proximity to any known fire. NWOBS has contacted family members of students in the field.
Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.
All Media Inquiries should be directed to 1-800-889-3934
Mazama Base Camp is in Level II and is currently evacuating all students and staff to a safe location away from any potential threat of fire.
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Donors, and the Northwest Outward Bound Community,
We are tracking the wildfires in Washington State very closely and are taking immediate action towards keeping students, staff, and the community safe. Following wildfire evacuation levels, we are currently evacuating our students and staff who are located at the Mazama Base Camp in Mazama, Washington.
We want to provide you with some information regarding contingency plans and protocols NW Outward Bound has in place for fire season:
Courses will not operate within close proximity to an existing fire, and all itineraries will be approved by Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management personnel.
Our administration monitors fire updates and forecasts daily.
We plan conservative itineraries that include multiple evacuation routes should a new fire start while a course is underway.
We review all fire season protocols during staff safety briefings before each course.
Marc Heisterkamp Executive Director Northwest Outward Bound School
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