The Disaster: On Monday afternoon September 15th at 1:30 PM, someone lit a fire behind the Boles Creek Apartments in the central part of Weed, California. The fire rapidly exploded fueled by timber that three years of drought had turned bone dry. As the 40 MPH gusts rapidly drove the flames into the town, residents had only minutes to escape the wall of fire descending upon them. Within a few hours over 150 homes were destroyed and the town’s 3,000 residents were evacuated with the main business district damaged. In October, the police arrested a suspect for the fire and are prosecuting him now. “The fire moved so fast we could barley contain it, I had never seen one move that fast,” says Daniel Stalie a firefighter with the Weed Fire department
State of Recovery: The town currently is clearing all affected areas with plans to begin rebuilding early next year. Approximately 175 families are displaced.
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