REDDING, Calif. (BRAIN) — Although residents are now out of harm’s way of the nearly 200,000-acre Carr Fire currently burning just outside of Redding, California, the fire’s impacts will be felt for months, if not years. More than a dozen large wildfires continue to burn in California, with several thousands acres destroyed as the state also endured the hottest July on record.
The Carr Fire, which ignited on July 23, forced Redding’s westside residential communities to evacuate as more than 1,000 houses burned. Parts of downtown Redding also evacuated as the fire jumped the Sacramento River and advanced into the city. Businesses closed for several days, including Chain Gang Bike Shop, which is located on the western edge of the city’s downtown.
The Carr fire has calmed, and is now more than 50 percent contained, but Chain Gang manager Jeff Owens said life is far from normal in this small northern California city. Besides terrible air quality that has kept cyclists off their bikes, many of Redding’s up-and-coming and established mountain bike trail networks were burned.
“All of the trails west of town burned, including some of our newest flow trails like the Enticer trail in the Swasey network and in Whiskeytown,” …read more