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There will be no Labor Day weekend at Lake Berryessa this year.

The lake is expected to remain closed for at least a month after the Hennessey Fire, part of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, raged through the area on Aug. 18-19. All reservations at Markley Cove, Pleasure Cove, Steele Canyon, Spanish Flat and Putah Canyon Resorts are canceled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the lake and its leased concessions.

“We are working hard to make Lake Berryessa safe for our employees and visitors, and that will take time,” said the agency’s regional director, Ernest Conant. “We ask the public to be patient during this process, and we look forward to opening as soon as possible.”

We took our drone to the skies to get an aerial look at the hard-hit Berryessa Highlands, Spanish Flat and Markley Cove Resort areas of Lake Berryessa after the Hennessey Fire destroyed over 100 homes and damaged the popular resort extensively. They lost more than 20 new boats on the rental dock, seven out of eight cabins, the store and office.

“In the grand scheme of things, we’re OK. We’re a business. What happened is tragic and it’s sad, but it’s not someone’s home, it’s not anybody’s life, it’s not their livestock,” owner Chad Frazier said. “We’re not looking for sympathy, we’re more concerned about the people who lost their homes.”

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Author: Jane Tyska