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California residents provide perspective on devastating wildfires

Posted: 9:19 PM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 22:19:49-05
California residents provide perspective on devastating wildfires

PARADISE, CA - Residents who live near the Camp Fire in Northern California are saying this is the worst wildfire in the state's history. 

"I woke up one morning and saw the smoke, said Sheryle McAlister, who had to evacuate from the fire. "I got a phone call about a half an hour later that said code red, you need to evacuate now."

McAlister gathered everything she could and went to a nearby church where other evacuees were staying. While there, she met Sue Slater, who offered to put McAlister up in her trailer while they wait out the fires. 

"I am just very grateful to be able and be apart of this," Slater said. 

McAlister says her home is still intact, but others in her neighborhood are destroyed. She does not know when she will be able to return to her home. 

However, she remains grateful that she is still alive and now away from any danger. 

"it's a mixed emotion," McAlister said. You're grateful to be alive, and get out safe and have somewhere to go, but your devastated for everybody. And we cannot go back to our homes even though they are standing."

If you would like to donate to the victims of the California wildfires, you can go to the Northern California fire relief website:  https://www.nvcf.org/ [nvcf.org]