Idyllwild Businesses Suffering After Fire
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IDYLLWILD - The Moutain Fire laid waste to thousands of acres in the San Jacinto Mountains and owner of The Spruce Moose Bryan Tallent says his business has suffered. He sells local art, clothes and other trinkets. "It was really unfortunate and sort of sad to just have the rug pulled out from under us. Nothing that we could control,” says Tallent.
Idyllwild had evacuation orders and while the town was untouched by fire, businesses were economically challenged. "We did a fraction of the business we would normally do on a summer weekend the weekend after the fire,” says Tallent.
Larry Allen owns the Fireside Inn. He say the fear of the fire has made tourists hesitant to come up the mountain and has left their village struggling and his Inn with cancellations. "For this time of year, July and August, we expect huge business and of course, July was devastating and August has been just so-so,” says Allen. He evacuated as did much of Idyllwild. "I expected to see a lot of fire damage but I was surprised to see nothing visible,” says Allen. "We didn't really know what to expect coming back,” says Tallent.
Now, they say-- come on up the mountain. There's plenty to do. "There's some great shopping, some really interesting boutique shops, many of the things you can't find anywhere else,” says Allen. "Beautiful day recreational lakes with fishing. We have a lot of different forest walks. A lot of trails; a wonderful state park and county park with a campground,” says Tallent.
These business owners say they're used to fire season and have moved on--- and hope the public can too. "Even though there has been a lot of scare about the fire, it's great up here and just as beautiful as ever,” says Allen.