Carr Fire may have created mosquito problems for years to come

From the Record Searchlight
April 23, 2019

Since her home burned down in the Carr Fire last July, nearly everything has changed about Christine Ogle’s living conditions. And now that the rain has finally given way to sunny days and temperatures in the 80s, that also means more mosquitoes, she said.

“I’ve noticed that they are worse this year,” Ogle said of the mosquitoes that have been buzzing and biting lately.

If the mosquitoes in Redding and surrounding areas seem to be worse this year, some of that can be blamed on the Carr Fire, which has created more places for the pests to lay eggs, said Peter Bonkrude, general manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Even though it has been more than six months since the deadly fire was put out, mosquito district officials are still dealing with aftermath of the blaze, which destroyed more than 1,600 buildings and claimed the lives of eight people.

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