Residents begin to rebuild after Boles Fire

Jan 7, 2015 8:20 PM by Charlene Cheng

The Boles Fire erupted in Weed last September, changing the city, and the lives of its residents, forever.

Tiffany Devault and her two children lost their home, which was still in the process of being rebuilt after an electrical fire some years back.

"We had just replaced two windows and two walls. We were almost done," Devault said.

This time around, Devault was taken aback by the generosity of the community.

Food, clothing, and funds poured in for the victims, including through non-profit organization United Way, which has already raised over $200,000 for long-term recovery.

"Considering the low incomes in Northern California, it was really surprising to me that that much money came in from the community," said Eric Kiltz, Program Services Administrator for United Way.

"The whole community, Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, everybody and everyone just came together and helped everybody. The donations were amazing," Devault added.

Plans are still being drawn up for their new home, but just down the street, neighbors have already started construction.

"Our house is getting built, it should be done in three months. The guys are moving on and we got really good contractors," Cheryl Brown said.

Brown's husband considered just moving away, but nearby great-grandchildren and 45 years of memories changed his mind.

"It won't be the old house we had, but I think we'll settle down, get our dogs back over here, and move on," Brown said.

United Way also has a separate fund just for employees of the Roseburg Mill. They recently disbursed $121,000 to 15 employees. If you would to help, you can visit their website at


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