People in Junction City happy to be coming home

Highway 299 is a hectic road on Thursday, as people are excited to come back home.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 7:44 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Calif. – Highway 299 is a hectic road on Thursday, as people are excited to come back home.

David Shuman has lived in Junction City for many years. He and his wife evacuated because of the Monument Fire – twice.

"We were evacuated for 19 days – we went to Weaverville, then the smoke got too much for us, and so we ended up in Redding, said Shuman."

He says he doesn't like constantly worrying if the fire is going to come close.

"Pretty stressful on both of us, you worry about your house, and we are not any younger, plus I'm too old to start over said, Shuman."

Shuman says he is thankful for firefighters battling the monument fire - protecting his home safe.

"We are glad we are back, and shoutout to the firefighters; they did a good job."

Shuman says he's glad to be home, but he's not unpacking just yet.

As for people trying to use Highway 299, it will reopen tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Pilot cars will be there to escort people every three hours.

Meanwhile, the Junction City store has been closed for 15 days, on Monday it reopened.

Fred Chapman says closing his store didn't just hurt him it affected his entire community.

"It's income that's not coming in, so yeah, this store not being open it affects local folks not being able to travel to Weaverville to get their supplies,” said Chapman, owner of Junction City Store. "It's important to me and important to the community if this business is closed, it affects everybody."

Chapman said his customers are more than just clients - they are like family to him.

"It's a connection with the community; it's like the hub it's important to me because most of the people that come in here. I've known them from being a young child here to growing up,” said Chapman.

Even though people are coming back to Junction City, firefighters will be monitoring any spot fires that could flare up.

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