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Berry Creek nearly leveled after Bear Fire

Berry Creek almost burned to the ground by the Bear Fire. Reporter Kristian Lopez gives us a look at the damage left behind.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 6:47 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 6:48 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - Berry Creek almost burned to the ground by the Bear Fire. Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez visited the town on Friday. Many structures and vehicles were destroyed after flames erupted this week. 

Action News Now spoke with Nancy Hamilton, a local journalist from Chico who has family in Berry Creek. She was there as the flames ripped through the town on Wednesday.

She says, "It was ferocious, it was a beast. I've never been close to anything that dangerous before."

Her videos from that day have been seen by thousands on social media.

Hamilton lives in Chico but says the town is close to her heart, as many of her loved ones live there. 

"What do you say to someone who has lost everything. Sorry is so inadequate," said Hamilton. "These are my people. What happens here is important to me because these are my friends and family."

Driving through the town now you'll see many homes, vehicles and businesses burned to the ground.

Hamilton says a few of her friends and family members lost their homes and are staying with her in Chico until they figure out what comes next.

"They've evacuated to our home we've had close to 15 people evacuate to our home cause its safer in Chico," said Hamilton.

The Berry Creek Guild Hall and gas station were also destroyed.

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