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Magalia Homecoming: People Begin to Return Home

Action News Now spoke with a Magalia resident who was able to return to her home on Dalton Way, one of the areas that had its evacuation orders lifted on Monday.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018 5:37 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. -- Action News Now spoke with a Magalia resident who was able to return to her home on Dalton Way, one of the areas that had its evacuation orders lifted on Monday. 

"This is the first time I've been back since then, they just lifted the evacuation order for our area and I headed straight here to feed our cats who have been up here since the fire started," said Jana Bradford-Howes, a Magalia resident.

The day the Camp fire broke out, Howes rushed out of Magalia with her kids.

"I was just in so much shock and I just remember this really eerie feeling. And I have two toddlers and my kids were like mommy why is the sun red?" said Howes.  

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group took care of Howes' cats while she was evacuated.

"They fed and watered the cats and they left this bowl which wasn't here before and the food so it's actually pretty cool, it's actually amazing they were even here," said Howes. 

Howes' was worried about looters and checked her garage to see if everything was still there.

"So looks like everything is okay, my husband was definitely worried about these items for sure," said Howes.

Howes' says it's bittersweet being back.

"I'm actually shaking because it doesn't feel real. With all the devastation that's happened to come home and actually see my house, I'm trying not to cry," said Howes. 

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