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Magalia community unveils new welcome sign

The community of Magalia unveiled their new welcome sign on Friday after the old sign was burnt in the Camp Fire.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 5:27 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 5:29 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - The community of Magalia unveiled their new welcome sign on Friday after the old sign was burnt in the Camp Fire.

People from all over the community came out to show their support.

Judy and Bob Blue were there, they are the ones who are going to be putting flowers in the planters, and said they could not be happier the sign is back.
"We need the sign for support, for the people, and for us," said Blue.

The Magalia Beautification Association started constructing the original sign in 1999.

One year after the Camp Fire destroyed the sign, a new one is back.

Phil Howard is from Paradise and he salvaged one of the pieces from the burned sign.

"It is very similar it is not exactly hte same, it just shows we are Ridge strong up here and we are not going anywhere," said Howard.

The new sign was built by Cal Fire's Lassen-Modoc Unit and inmates from the Garden Conservation Camp.

The camp has a wood shop center, and Cal Fire's Troy McKinney is from the Ridge so he wanted to find a way to give back.

With the support of Cal Fire they got together with the Magalia Beautification Association.

"They gave me some pictures of the old one that was here and all that, so we went off that theme, and we amped it up with some stuff. We kind of let it go and used our imaginations as it went and we hopes everyone liked it, and here we are," said Mckinney.

There were firefighters from all over the state for the unvieling of the new sign.

One says that it was a priority for him to be in Butte County during this time.

Steve Kaufmann was one of those firefighters.

He is from the Ventura County Fire Department, and was in Butte County for three weeks during the Camp Fire.

"So that had to be the most devestating week of my entire career," said Kaufmann.
Kaufmann was on one of the incident command teams during the fire.

He decided to come back for the anniversary with others from that team.
"I want to see the health of the community I wanted to see how they were a year later how they were coming together."

Kaufmann says he also wanted to come back and see the people they built relationships with.
"Like every single day we saw different things in the community that just showed the heart and the togetherness of this community and I think that is what drove us every day that we were here," said Kaufmann.

Kaufmann and other firefighters here are attending different events throughout Butte County.

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