Aug 4, 2014 8:22 PM by Charlene Cheng
"Last night from here and actually from the backside of Burney, it actually started burning around the Northeast side of the mountain, and it was pretty intense about 8 o'clock last night, just estimating, the flames were burning higher than trees, 50, 60 feet flames, that was when there were no winds," Tom Boster said.
He's describing what he saw from his mother's house in Cassel, miles away from where the Eiler Fire is raging through the North State, and evacuees are scrambling to get out of their homes before it's too late.
The Eiler Fire started on Thursday, and since then, it has been resistant to control efforts.
At this time, fire officials expect the flames to continue spreading.
"If it's been like the other days, the smoke lays in the morning like this and then in the afternoon, it starts getting warmer and breaking up and obviously with the wind that's never going to be a help with us, so we'll just have to be aware of what's going on and adjust our plans accordingly depending on the weather conditions," said Kevin Colburn, a public information officer for CAL FIRE.
Fire officials say that it's imperative to start getting ready to leave if your area is under an evacuation advisory.
"When the Forest Service says to get out, CAL FIRE says get out, the sheriff says get out, it's very important because there's seems like for every big fire that comes around, somebody always stays in and they perish," said Cassel resident Orvil Swarts.
He says that making sure his family is alive and well is always his first priority.
"We should take the advice of our law enforcement people and get out and be safe about it," said Swarts.
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