It's been six months since the Carr Fire broke out ravaging parts of Redding and Shasta County.
“It was a traumatic event for everybody,” Louise Tuthill said. “And when we first came back, we had a lot of mixed emotions. It was pretty ugly and pretty devastating to see it.”
Tuthill lost her home in the fire but received one of the first permits to rebuild issued by the county, giving her a huge head start on many others choosing to rebuild.
“It's moving so quickly,” she said. “That's what's really surprising to us. Maybe it's because it's the first one. But everybody's wanting to hurry and get it done and get things back in order and get the Carr Fire under our belts and move on and make life good again.”
The contractor helping Tuthill rebuild is Rick Lemler, who lives down the road and also lost his home in the fire.
“This one's been going really good,” Lemler said. “And the subs have been great. The building department was great. We had permits within two weeks.”
Lemler is helping rebuild a total of six homes on his street which has kept him busy and kept his mind off the events that happened six months ago.
“It doesn't feel like six months definitely,” Lemler said. “It's been so busy every day with work and then just trying to get a place to live, trying to take care of my property. It's just every day's been busy which I attribute to helping me cope with the whole fire and losing everything.”
And despite his losses, Lemler remains optimistic about the future.
“It's only going to get better I think from here,” he said. “And we're going to end up with a new neighborhood you know, newer houses and everybody's real positive, the ones that are rebuilding.”