French Gulch Residents Return to Homes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
After electrical and telephone service was restored yesterday afternoon, officials allowed some 300 evacuees to return to the homes they had to leave last Saturday when the fire was detected. While most homes were intact, 22 owners found theirs in ashes. The fire has charred 96-hundred acres. Department of Forestry spokesman Louis Haynes said last night the blaze is 30 percent contained and will likely be under control in a couple of days. HAYNES :04-We're expecting to reach containment approximately eight o'clock Friday evening. About 27-hundred firefighters are currently at the scene some 20 miles west of Redding. The blaze has already cost the state three and a half million dollars. The cause is still under investigation. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.