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Work begins to rebuild Rancho Alegre following Whittier Fire

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Nov 13, 2019

Organizers at Rancho Alegre in Santa Barbara County are working to rebuild following the Whittier Fire.

The fire broke out in July of 2017 and burned 215 acres of the camp, including 47 of the 50 structures.

Rancho Alegre hosted thousands of children and their families each year through scouting camps, church retreats, and community gatherings as well as at The Outdoor School.

Organizers say the cost to rebuild is $15.5 million.

Of that, $9 million was covered by insurance. The rest of the money will come through fundraising and donations.

"We don't have a classroom for our kids to learn about the outdoors. The outdoors is the classroom and so kids are out in the trees in the brush at the campsites learning about nature firsthand, also gaining great confidence in themselves and making new friends," said Ken Miles of the Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council.

To contribute to the rebuilding campaign, visit the Boy Scouts' website.

Rancho Alegre hopes to reopen in October of 2020.