BERRY CREEK, Calif. - Many people are heading home to Berry Creek after evacuating more than three weeks ago because of the Bear Fire.
Action News Now spoke with one volunteer firefighter who was on the frontlines, protecting his hometown.
William “Zac” Gable says, after The Camp Fire, he and his wife Alyce decided they wanted to do something to give back to the community. They decided to become volunteer firefighters.
But the couple never imagined they would soon be battling flames in their own backyard. They were there as the flames erupted through Berry Creek and helped evacuate residents and protect structures.
"We started going house to house and fighting fires around the houses, we got to our house, and we cut a handline, put water around it, we had to keep moving and kept our fingers crossed that our house was sufficiently safe."
Gable says while he was up in Berry Creek battling the fire, he was able to save his house and some of his neighbors’ homes as well.
Now he’s focusing on helping with the rebuilding efforts in the town.
"We are going to get to work as fast as we can, I can help anyway I can. We are going to stay and do our thing here."
He says he’s happy he was able to help protect the town he grew up in.
"There's nowhere else I would have rather been, nothing else I would have rather been doing than being here."
Gable tells Action News Now that Wednesday they were released from their staffing and 24 hour duties. They are officially off the fire but he and his wife are going to focus on helping with the rebuilding efforts in the town.