I-5 is still quiet outside of Dunsmuir. That lack of noise is a constant reminder for the residents living there that the still growing Delta Fire is burning just to the south.
Randi Ogden and her friends Shanalyn Dorst-Mori and Carlos Flores spent the day putting up signs and balloons to support firefighters and first responders.
“It’s kinda scary, I’m not going to lie," says Ogden. "We’re all packed and ready to go. But it’s going to be kind of devastating if our town does go.”
Being prepared is no easy task even when you're able-bodied. Some aren't so lucky.
“It’s terrifying knowing that with not having transportation, and all my medical conditions, to get us out of here is pretty scary,” explains Carol Divine.
Carol has a number of health concerns: a trach due to heart failure and lung conditions. She says she has to suction three to four times a day, she has breathing treatments and oxygen at night. "It’s a lot of work and it’s scary because knowing that if I don’t have those things, I can die,” admits Divine.
The people of Dunsmuir describe themselves as a close-knit community.
Randi Ogden explains why she and her friends are spending their day putting all the signs up. “I wanted to do something, so I started making signs and hanging them all over town," she says. "And I got the idea to hang red balloons for our emergency responders.”
That's just the kind of community Dunsmuir is says another resident, John Stuart.
“This community here, we’re sticking together," he affirms. "And when something gets asked, people will help each other around here. And that’s what we’re going to do.”