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Grade Fire: Some evacuees fleeing, while others staying with their homes

The Grade Fire has consumed about 350 acres, near Yreka, California, on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

YREKA, Calif.-- Cal-Fire crews said the Grade Fire has consumed about 400 acres. Some evacuated residents are staying at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds.

Suzi Brady with Cal-Fire said the Grade Fire is five percent contained. The advisory evacuation for the city of Yreka, north on North Street, has been lifted.

Multiple structures have been destroyed. There has been no confirmation on whether those are homes or outbuildings. Cal-Fire said 150 homes are still threatened. The Grade Fire is not far from Badger Mountain, where the Hawkinsville Fire scorched 120 acres in 2011.

The cause of the Grade Fire remains under investigation.

Some evacuees were frantically looking for whatever they could find, stuffing it in bags and repeating the cycle until they felt it was time to go.

"It's very stressful," Karin Perry said.

Fortunately for her, a stranger saw her, and decided to help her.

"This lady was in a hurry to get her stuff out, so we're going to be Good Samaritans and help her out," David Hood said.

Others, like Jon Bennett, did not leave their homes. He is a former firefighter, and was taking the necessary precautions to save his home.


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