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A complex of fires burning in the Payette National Forest in central Idaho forced the closure of four campgrounds just in time for the holiday weekend.

The Weiser Complex Fire has torched 25,000 acres and is 45% contained, Payette National Forest officials said Sunday.

“This was a tough weekend to have fires on the district as Labor Day weekend brings hundreds of people into the forest,” Weiser District Ranger Greg Leach said. “Added is the fact that hunting season opened and this is a popular hunting area. We are working to reopen the area as soon as possible, but a date has not been set as we need to focus on these fires for now.”

The campgrounds include Spring Creek, Kawanis, Justrite and Paradise. More than 560 personnel are battling the fire burning 20 miles northwest of Midvale.

The Thunder City Fire, also in the Payette National Forest, was threatening structures in the historic Thunder Mountain Mining District. The blaze has reached 14,000 acres and is 15% contained. It has run into an area burned in the 2007 Goat Fire, and is not expected to move rapidly through that area.

Meanwhile, full containment was reached Saturday for the Beaver Creek Fire, which had charred more than 110,000 acres north of Hailey. That was thwarted by the discovery of hot spots in heavier fuels near Wolftone Creek.

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Idaho State Park PassportIdaho’s new $10 annual “Passport” to all 30 of its state parks and recreation areas will go on sale Monday, three months earlier than planned.

The new Passport replaces the current $40 annual pass, and will be available at all Idaho county Department of Motor Vehicle offices, where, if they choose, Idahoans can add on the $10 pass when they register their vehicles each year.

“It’s a bargain any way you look at it,” said state Parks Director Nancy Merrill, who initiated the program as part of a big push to make Idaho’s parks system self-sustaining, as its annual state funding has dropped from $6.2 million to $1.3 million.

Out-of-state residents still will pay $40 for the passes; a single entry fee at an Idaho state park is $5.

The passes are non-transferable window stickers, so each is good for only one vehicle. Idahoans also will have the option of buying a two-year Passport for $20.

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Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to campingworldofjacksonville.com.

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