"We R Trinity Strong" event helps victims of the Helena Fire


WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - The Helena and Fork fires continue to burn in Trinity County.

It's been more than a month since the fires started and 21,000 acres have burned. Plus, more than 70 homes have been lost. As of Sunday, October 1, the fires were 85 percent contained.

The victims are now in the process of rebuilding. T-shirts with the slogan "We R Trinity Strong" were printed to show support of the victims.

Sunday, at the Tangle Blue Saloon in Weaverville, the community of Trinity County came together to relax and raise more money for the victims.

The event, also called "We R Trinity Strong," had nine different local bands playing, a barbeque, a silent auction, t-shirt sales and crafts for the kids. All the proceeds went to the Weaverville Lions Club.

"People want to move forward and rebuild and try to show some positive energy," said Christian Farrell, event coordinator. "You know you're still going to have a lot of people who are hurting, so I think that just trying to overcome that with a positive outlook is the best thing that we can all do."

The Lions Club has raised $65,000 for Helena Fire victims and is hoping this event brings in up to $5,000 more. Victims have received the supplies they need, as well as written checks.

"The Lions Club and the HRN have literally just turned their whole life over to me and made sure I had a roof over my head and food. It's meant absolutely everything to me," said Susan Olsen who lost her home to the fire.

The silent auction and barbeque ended at 5 p.m. The bands played and drinks continued to be served until 10 p.m. Donations were collected until 10 p.m., as well.

If you would like to donate to the Weaverville Lions Club for Helena Fire victims, click here.