Helena Fire: Residents thank firefighters, schools reopen


HELENA, Calif. - Life is slowly returning to normal near the Helena Fire in Trinity County. As of Monday morning, the fire had burned 17,105 acres and was 43 percent contained.

Monday morning, people lined Highway 299 to thank firefighters for their work on the Helena Fire. They stood along the road between Industrial Parkway and the Junction City store for about half an hour starting around 7:45 a.m.

On Monday, classes are resuming at several schools in Trinity County, including Trinity High School, Weaverville Elementary, Trinity Prep Academy, Douglas City Elementary and Junction City.

In Weaverville, the Red Cross evacuation center at the First Baptist Church will close on Monday at noon.

A distribution center will be set up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday at Nugget Lane and Glen Road. Shovels and rakes will be handed out to residents to clean up damage around their homes. The distribution center is sponsored the Lions Club International, the Lions of Northern California District 4-C1, Weaverville Lions and community donations. Organizers say the distribution center will be open as long as there is a need for tools and other clean-up supplies.

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