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Bayview tourist businesses struggling after Cape Horn fire

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More than 10 days ago the sun was struggling to poke through the smoke hanging over Bayview, today it merely has to poke through a partly cloudy sky. More than 10 days ago the sun was struggling to poke through the smoke hanging over Bayview, today it merely has to poke through a partly cloudy sky.
BAYVIEW, Idaho -

More than 10 days ago the sun was struggling to poke through the smoke hanging over Bayview, today it merely has to poke through a partly cloudy sky.

On July 5th the locals of Bayview were happy to have made it out of the independence day celebration unscathed under high fire danger, only to have their celebrations cut short. A fire on Cape Horn broke out forcing the evacuation of thousands. 

"We saw it coming over the top of Cape Horn," says Chris Gormsen, the owner of a local pub. "We thought it was headed right for our town." 

Gormsen says his bar had nearly 40 people when the fire broke out and all of them quickly fled. His business wasn't the only one to see customers flee. 

"This dock should be full of people," says Phil Stephan, a consultant for the Bayview Marina, as he walks down a dock connecting to dozens of boat docks and floating homes. "We're in the peak season right now." 

Stephan tells KHQ that as soon as customers fled at the sight of the fire, they had to refund all those who left, totaling more than $20,000. All of this money came from the 4th of July weekend, the busiest weekend the Marina sees. But the Marina isn't the only business that shares in the independence day spoils, Gormsen's bar does as well. And the summer is the most important time of the year for Gormsen and many others. 

"We make our living six months out of the year," says Gormsen. 

 All businesses owners can do now is hope that all of the tourists who left during the fire return and enjoy the clear blue sky. 

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