Hat Creek residents receive Eiler Fire update, thank firefighters
|By Clay Duda, Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
About 75 people gathered there to hear updates on the Eiler Fire and also information on the next steps to rebuild, clear debris or salvage timber. The once fast-moving wildfire was reported 97 percent contained Wednesday evening.
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While some residents questioned if more could have been done in the early hours to stub out the fire before it gained strength and roared out of the wilderness and into the community of
"Let's not run down the path of beating folks up here, let's move forward," she said to the crowd.
Full containment of the fire is expected later this week, said
He said low-interest loans through the
Donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/9l4nuo or by visiting a
"If you wait until spring the wood is going to go bad on you, so get that done as fast as you can," Webster said.
Next comes replanting, and both said it was imperative to have seed purchases and orders to nurseries in by the end of the year in order to be ready to plant pine and fir sprouts in the spring of 2016. They take a full year to grow.
Many in the audience voiced their appreciation to the hundreds of firefighters that battled the blaze, and especially the crews that worked to help save homes and lives in
The room echoed in applause when fire officials asked volunteer firefighters in the room to raise their hands, offering thanks for their hard work.
Giacomini, host of the meeting, said such a tragedy was tough, but the community was resilient and had really pulled together to help each other out.
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