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Bear Fire evacuees begin returning home

Many Bear fire evacuees finally got to go home Monday night for the first time in two weeks.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 6:15 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Many Bear fire evacuees finally got to go home Monday night for the first time in two weeks.

Action News Now spoke with one man who said he wasn’t sure if he still had a home to return to after he had to escape the flames when the fire erupted through Oroville earlier this month. 

You can still see a lot of the destruction that was left behind on Lumpkin Road near Oroville and Feather Falls. 

Max Hecker, who lives in that area, returned back home this week and says his home survived. "Thank God for that, I'm very fortunate. There's very few left out here, very few."

He recalled the night he had to evacuate his home. "I had to drive through the firestorm about a mile and a half. That was horrid," he said.

Hecker says he was shocked to find his house completely untouched. "I'm perfectly fine I'll be back soon right now I just have no electricity."

But he says most of his neighbors lost everything. 

Hecker says he plans to continue living in the area. "This is is all I have, so, I'll live here as long as I can."

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Get out and enjoy this beautiful weather tonight! If you do head out and plan to stay out late, probably bring an extra later to throw on for when the sun sets as temperatures will be cooling off into the low to mid 60s for the valley by midnight and low to mid 40s by tomorrow morning.
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