Devastated Dixie Fire survivor 'watched the trees go up'

A long-time resident of Greenville is grieving the loss of her home and is unsure of her future.

Posted: Aug 6, 2021 10:41 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 12:07 PM

GREENVILLE, Calif. - Driving through Greenville people can see building after building gone.

"There's no reason for us to lose our town," said Rhonda Reames, a Dixie fire survivor.

Reames was one of the many who lost her home to the flames.

She and her boyfriend taking only the clothes they have now and their dog Buddy.

"We stood outside of the property and watched the trees go up," Reames said.

Her home is gone, but we showed her a picture of a burned property, which happened to be an outbuilding of hers.

She was glad it was still standing.

"We're hoping that maybe some of the vehicles and motorcycles are still in there. The entrance to Greenville because it was always kind like a pig stile," Reames said.

Flames still lingering in Greenville.

Standing on Highway 89 it's clear how unpredictable the fire was. Action News Now would at times see one building completely destroyed and then right next door a building intact. 

Buildings like the Indian Valley Professional Building, Plumas Bank, the Dollar General and even Evergreen Market survived.

One gas station wasn't as lucky as it burned down.

"All the town hundreds of years," Reames said.

It's a tough loss but Reames is grateful to be alive.

"I work for the Behavioral Health Department and we helped people with the Camp Fire," Reames said. "When they were coming up to Chester with nothing. I know how they feel."

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