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Whiskeytown Lake seeing increase in debris one year after Carr Fire

The Whiskeytown Recreation Area is still recovering from the Carr Fire. In a recent report that is nearly 300 pages long, the Burned Area Emergency Response Team outlined exactly what effects the fire has had on on the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area nearly one year later.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 8:06 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 8:11 PM

WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - The Whiskeytown Recreation Area is still recovering from the Carr Fire.

In a recent report that is nearly 300 pages long, the Burned Area Emergency Response Team outlined exactly what effects the fire has had on the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area nearly one year later.

New drone video from the national park shows massive amounts of debris on the Whiskeytown Lake and shore.

Josh Hoines from the Whiskey Town National Parks Department explained that the Carr Fire destroyed vegetation in the area, which means there is no longer a barrier that stops debris from flowing into the water.

An above-average rainfall earlier this year, as well as a near-record snowfall in February, brought more debris from the hills around Whiskeytown Lake.
Hoines says any debris already in the water is harmless for lake goers this summer.

"The sediment itself doesn't cause a problem once it's down. But any time it rains we actually have an evacuation closure plan internally that if it starts to rain we will ask people to leave," said Hoines.

Children at the lake Monday were enjoying the water and were seen even playing with logs in the water.

"We use the logs as floaties, so really it’s actually a plus," said Elijah Carpenter, a boy who was splashing around.

That was the sentiment for most visitors. They were all just happy they could enjoy the water.

The full report from Whiskeytown on what the city found since the Carr Fire can be found below.

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