A 17-Year-Old Mendocino Girl Recounts How She and Friends Fled the Helena Fire in Trinity County
They could see the fire not far way.
Eventually, a group including Johnson started getting ready to leave. Johnson said, “I packed up all my stuff and put it in my car…My mom was calling telling me to leave….It just didn’t seem real.” The group still was undecided.
“Then,” she said, “all of a sudden, there was a fire truck with a loud speaker telling us there was a mandatory evacuation.” The group started driving to Weaverville. “Flames were on the hillside right next to us…The visibility on the road started to get pretty gnarly.” In the town of Weaverville, Johnson said. “The sky was just blacked out. It was raining ash.”
Johnson’s friend’s dad and his friends “decided to stay and defend their land” at first but now, she said, “they think they are going to leave the property. It isn’t looking good…I think my friends’ house might be burning to the ground.”