Community Stories

The Resiliency Fund is committed to honoring the historical legacy of the Central Sierra region by collecting community stories of the Creek Fire–and the unique histories that precede it– and preserving those stories through the Central Sierra Historical Society.

We are collecting stories of places before and after the Creek Fire, and/or of your experience during the Fire itself.

Deborah Bell

 Deborah Bell | Alder Springs12-6-20Originally posted on Facebook  Domino. Three months to the day since Allyn last saw her. Our house and property burned the next night. Today she was there, awaiting us. Allyn actually thought he was dreaming. She looks a bit bedraggled, but no burns or other injuries. She’s lost
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Marissa Neely

Marissa Neely |   Big Creek, Shaver & HuntingtonSeptember 15, 2020 Marissa and Chris Neely are Shaver Lake locals who now live on their sailboat, named Avocet. This story was originally publised on their blog, Sailing Avocet: https://www.svavocet.com/2020/09/15/up-in-flames/?fbclid=IwAR21HQvnj2ojmJTkR986SDYgwwPjYXKg0bXSV7L9qxthg6rrnIIucLJ9nIQ  And So It Begins  “We haven’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday” a shocking truth that had gone
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Christina Pasillas

   Christina Pasillas 5-15-21   10:00 AMOral Interview with CSRF Volunteer Lisa Monteiro I was living in Alder Springs with my two small children which is located in Auberry, California at the time of the Creek Fire. I had been in the home since 2019. When I first saw this small little home with
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Steve Michael McQuillan

Denial Until the Darkness Descended I was in South Lake Tahoe on the evening of September 4 on a four day family vacation that my daughter had arranged for all of us a year earlier. At approximately 7pm I received a page notifying me of a wildland fire near Camp Sierra
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Cheri Deaton

Cheri Deaton,  Peterson Road4-30-21 Oral Interview with a CSRF volunteer I live four miles out on Petersen road, as the crow flies, right below Cressman’s on the same mountain. We have lived there for 30 years. We had a ranch built up with a two story house, a two story barn. Three outbuildings
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Phyliss Randt

Oral Interview with CSRF volunteer4-30-21 Friday before the evacuation I noticed some smoke, didn’t think much of it. Saturday was a little worse, didn’t think much of it. Sunday a Sheriff came by and said, “Hey, we’re gonna be chasing you out real soon.” Monday morning, 4:30 in the morning, the fire truck came by
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Meg Tallberg

4-30-21This is a story about a “little” spot in the forest during and immediately after the Creek Fire. We live just off of 168 below Ockenden & we have a “game” camera strapped to a tree on the corner of our property.  It is battery operated & snaps photos of any
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James Parr

Stories from James Parr–Chief for Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Dept. and Assistant Chief for Shaver Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. He is now the chief for both fire departments.  Saturday, Sept 5th  The Sierra National Forest (SNF) and Cal Fire engines were responding to the Creek Fire, and bringing in engines from outside
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Signs of Gratitude

Roadside signs abound encouraging residents and thanking the first responders for their efforts during the Creek Fire.(If you have  photos you’d like to add to this collection please submit them via the form on the Storytelling page!)
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Jean Larsen

Our Creek Fire ExperienceThose of us who live in the mountains of California are always aware that it can happen – – and undoubtedly will happen, sometime – – (but it surely won’t happen to us.)It did happen!!We were among the lucky ones. We have lived in Appleridge-Meadowridge (off Littlefield Road)
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Mariah Colbert

CABIN MEMORIESSo, I just wanted to make this because Avalon meant a lot to me and I know it did to you as well. The Cabin played a huge role in my childhood and I didn’t realize how much I appreciated the place. It was an escape from Berkeley and from
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Gary Colbert

In the 1980s my parents bought an empty plot of land near Shaver Lake. With their own hands, with a lot of blood, sweat and tears and with some help from a community, they built something really magical. It became our family compound. A place for all of us to relax,
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