Brandy Creek opens months after Carr Fire shuts it down

Brandy Creek Beach will open Friday, May 31 for the first time since the Carr Fire.

Posted: May 31, 2019 9:20 AM
Updated: May 31, 2019 9:51 AM

WHISKEYTOWN, Calif -  Whiskeytown Nation Recreational Area is opening up Brandy Creek after being closed by the Carr Fire.

The National Park Service says that last year, the park drew more than 585,000 visitors, and generated more than $26,000,000 in communities near the park.

Park officials say that’s despite the devastating Carr Fire closing a majority of the park for months.

Visitors who are starting to head back to the beaches, now that the weather is nicer say they’re excited to see Brandy Creek open.

“I think it’s great that they're opening it up. I mean it sucks that everything is burned but at least it’s back open to the public, for people to enjoy and show that this fire didn’t take us down,” said Logan Badgley.

“It’s really great it’s been getting a little crowded here on the beach so it’s going to be nice once it opens up got to love Brandy Creek,” said Grace Googins.

Brandy Creek will be open all summer long from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A lifeguard will not be present this year at the beach so officials urge you take precautions.

Park officials also add the beach area may be closed for public safety throughout the summer should weather conditions develop which could trigger a flash flood or debris flow.

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