Boise RV park creates extra spaces to help people displaced by wildfires

Posted at 3:22 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 00:29:15-04

BOISE, Idaho — The owner of Boise Riverside RV Park and Kampgrounds of America in Meridian saw what happened two years ago when the Paradise Fire displaced so many California people.

"We weren't prepared for that situation, we learned a lot from that," said Ron Lundquist. "There just wasn't enough space after an exceptional circumstance like a fire."

So with wildfires burning all over the west, Lundquist contacted Bob Bautista with Expo Idaho, who directed Lundquist to the Ada County Commissioners.

Lundquist had an idea to create more RV spaces, and Ada County fast-tracked approval to create nearly 40 large sites for people looking for somewhere to escape the fire and smoke.

"For them to roll that ball ahead has just been phenomenal, we have a few empty sights, but that's really a good thing," said Lundquist. "We are ahead of the game."

The Stockton family from California is one of three families occupying one of these extra spots after fleeing from Ventura, California.

"We checked over a dozen places and everywhere was filled up, we are blessed to have a spot," said Brian Stockton. "I think it was an amazing idea, there are a lot of people trying to escape, and this is a safe haven for people."

Boise Riverside RV has set up these spots for people to stay one-night, or families can stay up to a week while figuring out a plan.

For Lundquist, it's his way of learning from experience and doing his part to make a difference.

"It's rewarding," said Lundquist. "It is a good feeling and the reason I'm in this business."