In this episode (#78) we talk with Chris Spohrer, District Superintendent, California State Parks, Santa Cruz District. He talks to us about the devastation to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park done by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire when it swept through beginning on August 16th; It wasn’t fully contained until September 22nd. The damage inflicted by the CZU was immense: 925 homes destroyed, 562 non-residential buildings destroyed, 999 people evacuated and one fatality.
And the Big Basin Redwoods was smack dab in the middle of it. Every one of the 18,000 acres in California’s oldest state park burned. Every park building was reduced to ash. Now, many questions are being asked, such as where and how to begin rebuilding, what is the park’s future, and what will it look like?
If you’d like to help rebuild Big Basin Redwoods visit the sites below.
For more photographs from Big Basin Redwoods State Park go to our Flickr page.
Video story on Big Basin is on the way soon.
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