Strawberry, Ca — Despite this week´s tragic fire, Kennedy Meadows will re-open again according to the Bloom family, who owns and operates the resort.
“The immediate future is to clean-up and get all of our plans in a row,” says Amanda Bloom. “In the spring they will be re-building, and there will be a new Kennedy Meadows open for business in the 2008 season.”
Bloom says the new buildings will look like the original, “only better.”
According to CAL Fire, the blaze resulted in $1.5 million in damages. Considered a total loss were the Main Lodge, seven cabins, a laundry house, one shower house, a public restroom, the generator shed, a tool shed and an H2O heater shed. Also lost in the fire was a family dog which was inside a building at the time of the fire.
Kennedy Meadows has released the following statement for anyone who has a reservation in place for a future stay:
“In this destruction the business has lost ALL records, including and not limited to old and new customer contact information as well as all reservations for pack trips and cabins for 2008 and 2009. The management of Kennedy Meadows Resort is asking their customers (from around the world) to photocopy their deposit receipts and mail them to the resort. The Bloom family would also like to thank the community for all their well wishes and the immediate community for literally pitching in and helping the family in this unfortunate event. Dodge Ridge ski area has personally sent employees and generators to the scene to help in any and all ways. Dardanelle Resort has also taken the displaced customers and employees in, they arrived immediately with food for the employees and fire crews and have continued to play a vital role in providing meals and essentials that were all lost in the fire. For the hundreds of phone calls the Resort is receiving offering help, the family cannot express their gratefulness enough, and if anyone would like to know how they can be of any further assistance please look at the website for updated needs and areas of support. www.kennedymeadows.com.”
If you have further questions, you can contact Kennedy Meadows at 209-965-3900.
Written by BJ Hansen