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.

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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Victoria Bell

It was Aunt El’s birthday. She was driving up from San Diego to Grandma Ellen’s cabin on Dowville East, the cabin that had been home to us for the last two months. “Us” is my husband, Nick, myself, and my two boys, James and Luke, our sweet mountain toddlers-in-training. Nick was
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Jan Russell Hobbs

It was the morning of Saturday, September 5th, 2020. Our thoughts for the day ahead were full of beach time, sitting on the porch, and enjoying the company of good friends. As I went down the stairs, I could smell smoke. My friend said she watched fire engines go by for
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Rosemary Zettler

3-18-21We built our first cabin in 1972 in Sierra Cedars. Having fallen in love with the area we built a larger resident-like cabin on Littlefield Road in Meadow Ridge in 1980. Even though most of our family lives in Southern California, we often drive up to “our place in the mountains”. 
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