Laura 2 Fire community clean up set for Jan. 2

Following the fast and tragic Laura 2 Fire in November, 16 Doyle families lost their homes — and now, the public is invited to help them clean up some of the debris left behind.

At 9 a.m. Jan. 2, weather permitting, the public is invited to come and help Doyle families clean up fire debris. The meet up place is at 465-755 Roop Drive in Doyle.

The Laura 2 Fire started Nov. 17 and quickly destroyed homes and outbuildings as the winds pushed the fire to burn 2,800 acres.

According to Doyle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kathy Catron, many families who lost their homes haven’t had the help and resources to clean up all the debris left behind.

“Our goal is to get all the metal, and a bunch of clean up done from all the houses to help the homeowners get their properties cleaned up,” Catron said.

On Jan. 2, there will be dumpsters from C and S Waste, from Reno, dump trailers and tractors coming for the clean up.

“It’s just a community clean up to get that area done as much as we can,” Catron added.

The chief also noted there would be hotdogs and hamburgers provided to the volunteers.

So far, more than $30,000 has been raised for the families who lost their homes, and the funds are divided among the victims.

The Bank of America account is still open, and cash and check donations can be mailed to Doyle Christian Church at PO Box 221 Doyle, CA 96109, with “Laura2 Relief Fund” written in the memo line. There is also a GoFundMe, called Doyle Ca, Laura 2 Fire Victims, and t-shirt and sweatshirts featuring the slogan #SouthCountyStrong are also raising funds for the victims.

“The response to this overall has been overwhelming … It’s just overwhelming the amount of support,” Catron said.

Not only have volunteer firefighters stepped up, Catron said there have been volunteers from outside of South County donating and coming to help.

“We do appreciate the support,” she added.