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Boles Fire Survivors Give Rebuilding Advice

People living in Weed who survived and rebuilt from the Boles Fire want those going through the same thing to know they are not alone.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov. 16, 2018 6:25 PM

WEED, Calif. -- Many people are still recovering and rebuilding four years after the Boles Fire destroyed many homes. 

Now, survivors want anyone affected by the Camp and Woolsey fires to know they are not alone. 

Weed resident Sue Tavalero said her and her husband's home was destroyed in the fire. 

She knows several people who live near the Camp Fire and wants them to know things will start to look up.

"Things are running through your head right now, I should have done this and I should have done that, but you did the right thing, you left, you got out, which is the right thing to do," Tavalero said. 

She said her and her husband rebuilt their home in the same spot and with the same floor plan. The construction did not happen overnight, and she said it's important to have patience. 

"Things will work out, but not if you try to rush into anything."

She also has advice for anyone who knows someone who lost their home.

"Let them talk about it, let them tell you their story, that's one of the best things you can do is tell your story, and if somebody just sits and listens, it's a ton of help," Tavalero said. 

If people want to help those affected by the fires, she recommends gift cards or monetary donations rather than sending clothes or items because many people will not have a place to put them. 

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