A wildfire that tore through Northern California has killed six people, destroyed over 48,300 acres (19,500 hectares) and 500 structures, including the Oak Bottom Marina at Whiskeytown Lake and 40 boats that were docked there.

“The only buildings left standing down there right now are the fire station and a couple of the restrooms,” CalFire Chief Mike Hebrad told the Record Searchlight late last week.

Gone are what the Suntex-operated marina’s website states is a newly constructed 620sq ft marina store, storage and other outbuildings, and some dockage, along with the boats.

Matt Switzer, a spokesman for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, likened the damage to a tornado because there were a lot of boats that were destroyed but others left untouched by the fire.

The Oak Bottom Marina website has the following message on its landing page:


Oak Bottom Marina, boats, campground and offices have been affected by the CARR fire on Whiskeytown lake. We have not been authorized to assess the damages until CalFire contains the blaze. We will be notifying customers about their boats and reservations when we are able to. We are closed until further notice. We ask that you wait while we assemble a task force to assist all affected. Our thoughts are with all affected by this disaster.”

The cost of the destruction will not be known until marina officials can access the property.