More evacuations are lifted and shelter combine under one roof
CHICO, Calif. —
As more evacuations are lifted little by little, more people continue to repopulate in the Magalia and Concow areas.
Evan Rogers, a resident from the Magalia area, moved back in last week when more evacuations were lifted for his zone.
Rogers said luckily him and his neighbors didn't lose their homes, but he was nevertheless worried that many of his neighboring residents wouldn't come back at after such a traumatic event.
However Rogers felt hope again seeing more cars drive through and people moving back into Magalia, especially the elderly residents.
"It's really nice, I mean re-population is so important right now dealing with the amount of people we do have. It's really nice to see the old faces come back," said Rogers. "You know, everyone else we thought they would have moved right away. They're starting to repopulate and we had a town meeting yesterday and a lot aren't going to move, so it was awesome."
Rogers said some of the businesses had reopened like the Red Lion Pizza located on Skyway, where he said people have been stopping by the parking lot as a central stop as they moved back in.
As more repopulate, the shelters that hosted evacuees impacted by the fire will now be in one location, the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Fair Street in Chico.
All of the shelter sites like Glenn County Fairgrounds on Yolo Street in Orland, and Church of the Nazarene, in Oroville and evacuees that were camping near Walmart, have transitioned to the Silver Dollar in the past few days.
The American Red Cross Public Affairs Spokesman, Stephen Walsh, said around 320 evacuees are currently at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. In the upcoming weeks, the transition plan for evacuees at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley will proceed.
"For days we went through the folks at the Walmart parking lot and told them we have the shelter open. Whether at the time it was the Butte County location and this one too, so we really showed everyone was aware... that we had space here, we have beds, you know? You get safety, security, warmth there's people that talk to we have every kind of, you know assistance that we can get our hands on to help these folks... and the addition of having these pet shelters, which is something kind of new for us," said Walsh.