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Carr Fire Stalls Construction Work

Workers keep at it, but the fire and evacuations have delayed shipments and delivery capacity, including the Chico Nissan rebuild.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 3:21 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2018 7:21 AM

Chico, Calif. -- Across the state, we're seeing all types of impacts of the Carr Fire.

Evacuation orders actually halted some major construction projects across the North State.

The work on Chico Nissan is back in business after about a week long hiatus as a delivery of steel was halted because of road closures and evacuation orders near the manufacturing site in Redding.

While the Carr Fire is impacting mostly homes, not businesses in Redding, this is just one example of the domino effect of such a catastrophe.

"I think that fire was bad enough to where it could have been terrible, as hot as it was, if the manufacturer of the steel would have burned up, it would have delayed this project 6 months to a year," said Chico Nissan owner and CEO Brian Bowen.

Bowen says of course, a week delay is nothing compared to what the people of Redding have suffered through, but it is interesting nonetheless to consider how widespread the impacts of shutting down parts of community can be.

"It would have been terrible, it's been terrible for the people of Redding. I'm not so worried about my problems, we're going to be fine with a few delays, we just feel terrible for the people of Redding" said Bowen.

While thousands of people had to evacuate their homes the weekend that the Carr Fire tore through parts of Redding, many didn't really skip a beat, and were back to work monday morning.

That was the case for a few Wards Conrete workers on the job at Chico Nissan.

No one forced them to come in, but as they shared with me, life just has to go on.

"I had to work everyday except Sunday, you just keep working and do what you gotta do," said Cliff Clement.

"You can't control what nature throws at you, I still had a job, I still had to come to work, and later on it's going to benefit you to keep moving forward, fire can't bring you down, fire can't fring your hopes down," said Luis Cota.

There are many people who are still in shelters, many home-businesses destroyed, so the long term economic impact is really yet to be realized.

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