Friday, August 13, 2021, marked the first anniversary of the start of the Cameron Peak Fire. The fire raged for 112 days before authorities finally declared it fully contained, on December 2, 2020. In the end, the fire destroyed 469 structures, including 220 outbuildings and 42 primary residences.
Our little community, which was part of the spot fire sparked by the main conflagration, lost 13 of those homes. To the best of my knowledge, almost all of us are rebuilding. Those who decided not to rebuild are either too old, too ill, or too stressed to live on the mountain any longer. Several of our neighbors are working on their new homes, and one had their cabin delivered just this week.
Our project is crawling along, although we received a huge piece of the puzzle this week. I’ve sent this to our contractor to begin the next step: getting the basement set and ready to receive the house.
The other event of note from the last two weeks is that we were featured on a local newscast on the fire’s first anniversary. You can watch the story here.