Evacuated resident shares emotional return home
IRON GATE, Cal. —
For the first time since the Klamathon Fire's start, some residents were escorted back into their homes to grab the essentials.
But the trip for Iron Gate resident, Millie Fee was bittersweet.
"It's heartbreaking just totally heartbreaking," said Fee.
Charred homes and a charred landscape brought her tears.
"There's a lot of people up here, this is their home and the animals that live up here and the fish and things like that...this is all their home," said Fee.
But while mourning everything lost also comes an appreciation for everything still standing.
"The firefighters had to be working like Trojans to get all this saved," said Fee.
Saves is Fee’s home, which was under construction,
She ironically was in the process of installing fire protectant concrete board citing when the fire irrupted.
She says she knows if the fire would have reached her home that wouldn’t have helped.
Fee thanks the Iron Gate Dam, which has defended from being drained out in years past, for acting as a fire break.
As the fire continues upwards evacuation orders have been carefully watched and coordinated by all fire and law enforcement agencies.
Cal Fire initially determines the fire's movement and the surrounding communities in danger.
It's then up to the sheriff's office to make the official evacuation order.
At that point, all available local law enforcement agencies make sure each and every home is notified immediately going door to door.
"When we come into a neighborhood we have our red and blue lights on were honking our sirens there's usually 2,4,6 patrol units going into an area and were very loud," said Officer Shawn Gordon, with California Highway Patrol
Local agencies like the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Yreka Police were involved in this process.
As well as agencies who came from Redding, Chico, Red Buff and the surrounding areas.