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Amid evacuation orders some stayed behind on Cherokee Road

When the sheriff issues an evacuation order during a major wildfire most people hit the road. Most people would not include one Cherokee man who decided to stay behind.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 7:43 AM

CHEROKEE, Calif. - When the sheriff issues an evacuation order during a major wildfire most people hit the road. Most people would not include one Cherokee man who decided to stay behind.

Action News Now caught up with Mike Morris, a long time resident on Cherokee Road, and asked him why he decided to do that.

Morris has lived on that particular stretch of road, which is northwest of Oroville, for 15 years he says "you can look around and you can say this is country."

But the Bear Fire, also known as the North Complex Western Zone fire, recently threatened his country property of roughly two acres.

"We did not evacuate when we got the evacuation order at midnight."

Morris says he know far the flames were.

"We knew that there was no wind and we knew even if the wind kicked up to 70 miles an hour we would have time to get out of here."

He also credits another barrier of protection he has, defensible space.

"Defensible space is no joke to us we maintain it. If the worst happens as it did when the Camp Fire was here. We give Cal Fire a fighting chance. You give Cal Fire a fighting chance they'll knock it down."

Morris also four silver trailers, they contain everything his family needs to survive should they lose their home in a fire.

"The refrigerator works. We have a cooler that we hide things." Morris also has a bathroom, two beds and plenty of books to read to keep his family entertained.

"We could live in here forever if we have to."

And although fire has never burned his home, Morris says if he is forced to leave it's a short drive - just one mile from Highway 70.

"There are no traffic jams there's no line of people."

"We are not going to unpack our trailers until it rains and rains hard. I mean that we are ready to go because of one spark. One lightning flash and we are in the same boat where it can be behind my house."

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