Recovery continues for Bear Fire survivors

Many evacuees from the Bear Fire are eager to get home. With Phase II about to begin, that hope is looking more like a reality.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 8:30 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Many evacuees from the Bear Fire are eager to get back home. With Phase II about to begin, that hope is looking more like a reality.

On September 8th, the Bear Fire burned throuh towns like Berry Creek, leaving nothing but ash and rubble.

Two months later, Phase II of recovery is about to begin.

For Misty McDivit, this means everything.

"I’m a mom. I have two kids. I had 10 acres up there with a farm and I literally lost everything. All I had was my vehicle and my kids. I sent my kids down with my parents before the fire. And then I chose to stay because I didn’t take this one seriously because the Camp Fire...we were also affected." She continued, "This time I stayed and I waited until I saw the flames. Then me and my boyfriend at the time, we left once we actually saw the fire. It was really scary. Everyone was calling me saying ‘You need to leave it’s up there.’ It’s just been really rough."

Now as her hometown begins the next step of recovery, she is relieved, saying, "I’m glad that it’s starting finally because I want to go home. I have a trailer and I want to go park it there until my landlord rebuilds."

But, she is looking forward to starting her life back in Berry Creek, saying, "It’s dangerous to be up there. There’s still trees that have to be cut down and a lot of stuff that has to be done so I’m just really anxious."

The North Complex Recovery Right-of-Entry Center opened Thursday helping those affected like Misty start the process of Phase II Debris Removal.

With the help of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control in Phase I a couple weeks ago, they are trying to get the community back on it's feet.

If you are looking to complete an application for Phase II, click here.

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Strong wind continues to blow through the valley this afternoon, and will last through the evening. Thursday will still be a fairly breezy day, but the wind won't be as strong and our temperatures will be warmer. More wind is coming Friday and Saturday.
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