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Recreational Businesses Struggle After Carr Fire

While some people have lost everything, the fire is also taking its toll on small businesses that depend on the outdoors to make a living.

Posted: Aug. 22, 2018 6:33 PM

With the Carr Fire nearing containment, its effects will be felt long after the flames are extinguished.

And while some people lost everything, the fire is also taking its toll on small businesses especially those that depend on the outdoors to make a living.

Miles of the river trail are closed indefinitely, which is expected to adversely affect businesses that cater to cyclists on the trails.

“Those that have mountain bike sales that's the heart of their business really concerned about what the future will hold for them,” Chamber of Commerce president Jake Mangas said.

Another industry that has been hit hard is the fishing and tourism industry.

Outfitters at the Fly Shop in Redding say they've been vetting calls almost everyday from people concerned about how the fire will affect their upcoming fishing trips.

“In regards to our business, you know it's mainly the smoke,” assistant outfitter Zachary Miller said. “We've had quite the reduction in business in the last couple of weeks due to the fire which has been devastating to us.”

Miller says they've had some people cancel their trips, but a good majority of them have been understanding and are rescheduling for a later date.

But, for anglers counting on those trips for their livelihood, they're taking a hit.

Still, Miller says he thinks they'll see a boom once the smoke clears.

“But right now, it's looking like it's going to be a good fall for fishing and whatnot and just overall recreation,” he said. “So I think we're in the clear for that.”

And while many businesses will have a tough time recovering, Mangas says others will flourish.

“On the flipside, there is a lot of insurance money that will be flowing through into this community, circulating in this community in certain industries certainly related to recovery and reconstruction,” he said.

Mangas says as the the smoke clears, hopefully people will slowly start to come back to the area to recreate.

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