Nearly 1,500 personnel from Cal Fire and the USFS came to the rescue of our wonderful little town after the Stafford fire started last Wednesday in the Wildwood Road area. The marquee at Casa de Castellanos pretty much sums up the gratitude of everybody here.
Downtown and along Highway 3, homemade signs went up on the roadside thanking the firefighters for the tremendous effort made to save Hayfork and the many residents whose homes, property and lives were threatened by the nearly 4,500-acre fire. Amazingly, firefighters were able to prevent the loss of any structures. As a matter of fact, the only collateral damage was events that had to be canceled or rescheduled. As of Monday, there were also zero reports of any serious injuries. Dave Loeffler, Hayfork fire chief, said that the fire danger rating (based on the weather and fuels) for this fire was the highest recorded in this forest in the past 10 years.