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Bear Fire survivors gather for one year remembrance event

Dozens of fire survivors gathered in Oroville for the first year remembrance of the Bear Fire.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 6:35 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2021 9:17 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - A year ago, the Bear Fire exploded through Berry Creek, taking lives and demolishing homes.

Wednesday, some survivors came together in Oroville to honor those lost and move forward.

Several structures in Berry Creek destroyed in the Bear Fire. Courtesy: Nancy Hamilton

Comfort dogs, Reuben and Michah greeted everyone as they walked into this Bear Fire first year remembrance event in the Lakeside Plaza in Oroville.

The Bear Fire Long-Term Recovery Group put on the event for fire survivors. They offered free food, gift cards and resources to those in need.

Fire survivor, Shamus Berry was there. He lost everything in the Bear Fire. He said a year later many people are still in need.

"There's not a lot of rebuilding, a lot of people are suffering from PTSD, they don't know what to do or what decisions to make," said Berry.

"The recovery process is a marathon, not a sprint, some folks are at different stages, some ready to rebuild, some far away and others not able to. The need for resources like water is great and increasing," said Jake Fender, with CA Hope.

Fender said the building they held the event in is the future home of the Wildfire Resource Center that's opening up on Monday. It’ll be available to anyone impacted by a wildfire.

"We definitely still need help. I know there's more people every day needing it too like we did last year, you know," said Berry.

Fender said the new Wildfire Resource Center will be located at the Lakeside Plaza, 5250 Olive Hwy, Ste J. in Oroville.

It'll be open for the first time on Monday. 

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