County opens hotline to check status of homes near fire


OROVILLE, Calif. - As the La Porte and Cherokee Fires continued to burn, the Church of the Nazarene remained open Thursday for those who are still evacuated.

Butte County opened a hotline at 12 p.m. for people to check the status of their homes until 5 p.m Thursday and again from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Friday.

At last check, the Red Cross said there were 20 people remaining at the Church of the Nazarene shelter, still evacuated from the Cherokee Fire and the La Porte Fire.

Staff said everyone already knows if their home is still standing, but those still at the shelter live in areas where the road remains closed. At this point, they have no idea when they'll be able to get back in.

Johnie Rich lives on Damron Road in Bangor and said he knows his home is still there because law enforcement allowed him to check on foot. He said he sighed in relief when he saw his home wasn't burned, but now his family of four people and six dogs are more than ready to be allowed back in.

"I understand, I get the concern, I get the idea, you know, they want you to go back with power, they want you to go back with everything like that," Rich said. "It's just some days it's just like, I don't care! I want to go back!

He also added that if he didn't have all the dogs, it wouldn't be so bad, but he refused to part ways with them at the animal shelter.

With the exception of a couple of people, everyone at the shelter's home was saved. Anyone still needing to confirm the status of their home can call the hotline at 530-538-6824.

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