French Gulch Prepares to Deal with Aftermath of Fire

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The last of 300 residents have returned to the town they had to flee last Saturday when the fire started twenty miles west of the city of Redding. State and local officials along with representatives of the Red Cross met with the former evacuees at the elementary school in the old mining town to let them know what to expect in the upcoming days. Roy Del Carlo is a spokesman for the Department of Forestry.  DEL CARLO :11—They’re enlightening the community as to all the activities and the operations that they’ll be conducting so the people will have a sense of why they’re seeing smoke come up in this area or why they see a big plume come up over here.  The blaze is 35 percent contained. Del Carlo says they’re on schedule to have it controlled by Friday evening. The cause of the fire, which destroyed 22 homes, is under investigation. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.