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Post office closures prompted by Bear fire left evacuees confused

Several United States post offices have had to close due to the fast-moving fires in Northern California. Some evacuees from the Bear Fire shared their frustrations about not knowing where to pick up their mail.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 6:19 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 5:09 PM

UPDATE: 5:07 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 - An update on post office changes around the Bear Fire zone.

Feather Falls postal customers should go to the Oroville Post Office on Robinson Street. Those who are from Berry Creek should go to the Ophir post office on Myers Street in Oroville. Anyone from Clipper Mills and Forbestown is asked to go to the post office in Rackerby.

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OROVILLE, Calif. - Life is difficult for Bear Fire evacuees forced to flee their homes east of Oroville. Some returning to homes, some not. Some having to deal with the simple task of getting their mail is a challenge that most had not anticipated. 

“Well it is kind of scary because you are waiting on medications and things like that you know, come through the mail and we don’t know where our mail is," said evacuee Judee Schaffer. 

Schaffer was evacuated from her home last Tuesday. She returned home Monday, and still no mail in sight. 

“We had the holiday last week on Monday, so we didn’t have mail," said Schaffer. "We received mail Tuesday and then have not had any mail since last Tuesday, so we really just don’t know.”

Bear Fire victims said the most frustrating part about not receiving mail is not a matter of convenience, it’s survival.

“I've got child support checks coming in and not being able to get them," said evacuee Katrina Elliott. "Especially with everything going on and everything as tight as it is, money-wise with not being able to work and everything... so it’s just been a real challenge financially.”

“We have bills to pay," said Schaffer. "You know, if you are not writing it all down, you don’t know what’s coming. We have car titles coming in the mail. I mean it’s scary. It’s very scary not knowing if it’s going to get mixed up somewhere or never get it." 

Evacuees from around the area visited the post office in Oroville to see if their mail has ended up at that location. 

“To find out some answers," said Schaffer. "Are we going to start getting mail, where is the mail, where’s my mail. You know we are waiting on things that are very important.”

The postal service now says if you normally receive mail through the Berry Creek Post Office, you should go to the Ophir Post Office located on Myers Street in Oroville. It's open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Individuals who rely on the Clipper Mills, Challenge, Forbestown, Brownsville, and Rackerby post offices, should go to the location on Plumas Street in Yuba City. Make sure to bring an official form of identification when going to pick up mail.

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