More residents displaced in Bully Fire

Jul 14, 2014 8:26 PM by Charlene Cheng

Terry Swope has lived in Ono for the last 25 years.

He's somewhat used to vegetation fires, but that doesn't make them any less intense.

"It's really frustrating when you find out that it's some man-made situation, the last one it was at least nature that caused it, but this one wasn't and it's pretty disgusting," he said.

Due to the latest evacuations and road closures, Swope is at the Red Cross evacuation center with nothing but the shirt on his back.

"Don't have a toilet kit, don't have anything, if I'd knew something, well if I'd knew something I'd have never left, but anyway, that didn't work," Swope said.

Unable to return home after leaving to run errands, he says that so far, he feels like he's been kept in the dark.

"CDF, I sure can't find fault with the way they fight the fires, but I sure can find fault with the information you get from them," said Swope.

Residents say that cell phone reception in the Ono area can be spotty, making it nearly impossible to keep track of friends and family members.

Many displaced residents have been relying on the nearby Ono Store & Cafe for updated information.

"CAL FIRE is now posting once a day on what's going on, so I think that they're responding to the concern of the residents up here," said owner Mark Lariviere.

The store is located just outside of the road closures, and the owners are ready to evacuate if the fire gets any closer.

"We're just taking the precautions that we need to take, like packing up our documents, and the information that CAL FIRE has given us, what we should take with us, and the important things and just head out when it's time," said Lariviere.


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