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Invisible disaster: Cuchara businesses recovering from Spring Fire

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The Spring Fire is 91 percent contained and more than 108,000 acres have burned. The blaze didn't just affect homes, but businesses too. 

For small towns like Cuchara, the local economy took a big hit. However, some community members are stepping up to lend a hand.

On Thursday, business owners told News 5 they have lost so much because of this fire. They say the month of July is typically the busiest time of the year for Cuchara businesses. The Spring Fire forced mandatory evacuations. In turn, causing restaurants and bed & breakfasts to shut down. Ultimately, leading to thousands of dollars in lost income. 

Cuchara resident Lois Adams said, "We think of this as kind of an invisible disaster in a way. The town looks just great, but we lost our biggest month of business."

Bed & breakfasts were booked solid and restaurants were ready to dish up numerous meals for Fourth of July celebrations. 

Scot Mangold, manager & chef of Timbers Restaurant said,  "It was the 50th anniversary so it would've been really busy this year."

Michael Moore, owner of Dodgeton Creek Inn, said, "I was running full for the Fourth of July. Absolutely every room was rented."

However, when the Spring Fire sparked, all hopes for a booming summer in Cuchara were dashed. 

Moore said, "I immediately had to start calling everybody and I canceled all reservations through the end of July because we had no idea when this would be over...I've written down all the cancellations I've taken for the month of July and it was right at $9,600 and I threw out about $1,500 worth of food that had no electricity." 

Timbers Restaurant was also impacted. 

Mangold said, "The first thing we had to do was pretty much throw away a lot of food which was really sad...close to $10,000."

The business lost even more money by not having any customers for about two weeks. 

Mangold said, "It's a little nerve-wracking, but...I think we'll pull through. There's a lot of support in the community."

A majority of that support is coming from a fundraiser started by the Cuchara Foundation. Adams, a member of the group, is leading the way. 

"The businesses are our extended family."

The hope of everyone now is that a flood of tourists will visit Cuchara and restore this beloved hidden gem. 

On Thursday, Adams told News 5 that about $25,000 had been raised to help merchants in Cuchara. 

If you'd like more information visit the Cuchara Foundation page on Facebook or visit www.cucharavillage.com.

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