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Story captured by Denise Levine
On August 29, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported: “Fire forces evacuation of Trinity County town. Hundreds flee “totally chaotic scene in historic Weaverville.” The report went on to say the blaze, called the Oregon Fire, had quickly consumed 1,600 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 299. Smoke could be seen 24 miles away in Hayfork.
“It’s crazy out there,” said a CDF spokesman. “There are two heads on the fire, so it’s moving in two different directions. It’s ugly.”
But Carolyn and David Beans knew that. They lived on Oregon Mountain, just outside of Weaverville on the way to Eureka, California where the Oregon Fire was heading toward the 80 acres of Doug fir, sugar pine and incense cedar they owned.
David and Carolyn bought their first piece of land on Oregon Mountain in 1978. There was no electricity to the property, but there was a barn, a water tank and a propane generator in a shed.