On July 23, 2018, the Carr Fire started on Hwy 299 inside Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Suppression response was immediate, with unified joint command of the National Park Service and CalFire, with a robust, full-scale initial attack. The fire was fought aggressively utilizing hand and engine crews, bulldozers, and air attack. In spite of full suppression tactics, the fire quickly spread north out of the park, and over the next week burned in and around the park, eventually burning 39,000 of the park's 42,000 acres, and forcing campground, inholding, local community, and National Park Service staff evacuations. Follow a timeline of the Carr Fire and response.
Condition assessments, natural and cultural resource surveys, and inventory of equipment, supplies, and other items continues. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team surveyed infrastructure, facilities, and natural and cultural resources thoughout the park to determine the need for emergency treatments to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of the Carr Fire and to stabilize and prevent degradation.
Preliminary Damages Summary
With 39,000 acres burned out of the park’s total acreage of 42,000 acres, Whiskeytown suffered significant facility damage. Initial condition assessments are underway. Some of the significant initial findings include:
Before Cleanup NPS / James Bailey
After Cleanup NPS / Mike Litterst
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Last updated: August 28, 2019