The Carr Fire: What You Need to Know

On July 23, 2018, at around 1:15pm, a wildfire began in Shasta County, California. Now known as the Carr Fire, the blaze has swept across both Shasta County and Trinity County, affecting some 1,000 residences, 22 commercial structures, and 500 outbuildings. The most impacted areas are stretches of Highway 299, Carr Powerhouse Road, and Whiskeytown, and around 528 structures remain threatened. Dozens of agencies are cooperating to subdue the blaze, including California Transit, the Shasta County Sheriff, the Redding Police Department, the Shasta County Fire Department, and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office; the fire is currently 47% contained.

The fire has experienced varying wind exposure, which has worked to both strengthen and subdue the blaze. The abundance of timber in the area has challenged firefighting efforts, but crews will continue to construct containment lines while mitigating spot fires across control lines. Though the fire is nearly half contained, it is beginning to spread into Redding. The Government of California has been providing updated maps of affected areas each day since July 25th; we recommend downloading the most recent map to see how the fire has shifted, grown, and shrunk in recent days.

The hot, dry weather that contributed to the Carr Fire’s inception is forecasted to continue for the next several days, but firefighters are working around the clock to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire itself is so large and hot that it is creating its own localized weather system, hindering forecasting efforts. As of August 9, more than 38,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

Despite this natural disaster, this part of the state will remain one of the best cycling and biking spots in the country. While parts of Redding’s greenery have been affected by the fire, dozens of square miles of forest remain untouched. Though scary, the Carr Fire will eventually be put out, and life will return to relative normalcy in the greater Redding area. When that happens, we expect the mountain biking industry to return in full force.

This is something we love about cycling; no matter how intense the devastation appears, enthusiasts are always willing to jump back on the bike. Redding, in particular, may see an uptick in biking interest in the wake of the Carr Fire; mountain biking provides the unique opportunity to explore the aftermath of large-scale fires while trekking through the areas that remain untouched. Cycling will allow both visitors and locals to experience the dramatic effects of this fire first-hand. We can’t wait to get back on the trails.