Fire at Yale Myers Forest Camp

A message from Dean Peter Crane about the fire at Yale Myers Forest
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As some of you may have heard, there was a 3-alarm fire at Yale Myers Forest Camp on Saturday evening (May 28th), several hours after students and researchers had left for the day. I am thankful to report that no one was hurt. Unfortunately though, the damage to the Camp was extensive.  We have lost several buildings, including the upper camp building, the new classroom and dormitory, and the old bunkhouse. Fire authorities are investigating the cause at this time.
Yale Myers Forest Camp
File photo of the main camp at Yale Myers Forest, before the May 28 fire. 

We are grateful for the quick response of firefighters who extinguished the blaze in difficult circumstances given the distance of the Camp from the road.

This is a very sad and frustrating development for all those who have worked to so hard to improve the Camp over the last several years, and especially for all those who use the Camp in their teaching and research.  We will be assessing the likely impact on our programs for the summer, and also on MODS, over the next few days. Our intention is to build back as soon as possible, and to proceed with our plans to further improve the Camp for teaching and research for all Yale students.

Thank you to all who responded to the fire, and to all those who helped in various ways to be sure that all of our community members were safe. 


Sir Peter Crane
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

PUBLISHED: May 29, 2016
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.