Six California firefighters lost their homes while battling the flames. Days later, a CNN Hero provided RVs for them to shelter them

As a wildfire tore through Berry Creek, California, last month, it destroyed the homes of six of the community’s seven volunteer firefighters along with the department’s fire station.



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Yet that did not stop the team from working around the clock, evacuating neighbors, extinguishing the flames, and fighting to save remaining homes.

Within days, 2019 CNN Hero Woody Faircloth learned of the tragedy and sprang into action, sourcing and delivering RVs for them to stay until they can get back on their feet.

“The entire fire department had grown up in Berry Creek,” Faircloth told CNN. “It’s just a beautiful community with really proud people.”

In 2018, Faircloth and his then 7-year-old daughter, Luna, founded the nonprofit RV4CampfireFamily after watching news coverage of California’s deadliest wildfire. The Camp Fire killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 residences in the town

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Unknown number of homes lost as blaze grows to 8,788 acres

Courtney Walsh kept a little Smokey Bear stuffed animal in her Boulder County home — the teddy bear used to belong to her father when he was a child, and she always told her own kids it would keep wildfires away.

She forgot to grab the keepsake as she rushed through the house when the first evacuation order came through just before 2 p.m. Saturday. She ripped old photos and original family artwork off the walls, shaking as she corralled the kids and the rabbits and the dogs.

Thirty minutes after the first warning, at 2:25 p.m., sheriff’s deputies roared into her driveway and urged the family to get out — the CalWood fire was closing in. They loaded up the car and fled.

“We were just waiting and waiting, and you know there is Twitter and live feeds,” she said. “Then we saw a picture from the National Weather

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Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed.

The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. It was pushed by strong winds. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

More than 1,600 residences and nearly 3,000 people were under evacuation orders, including the small town of Jamestown, Boulder County officials said.

Based on the path of the fire, officials believe it is likely that many homes were lost, Mike Wagner, the Boulder County sheriff’s division chief, said Sunday.

Wagner said damage assessment teams haven’t been able to get into the area to determine how many homes were lost. A news photographer for the Daily Camera later

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Homes believed lost in north-central Colorado fires

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe some homes were lost.

The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. It was pushed by strong winds. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

More than 1,600 residences and nearly 3,000 people were under evacuation orders, including the small town of Jamestown, Boulder County officials said.


Based on the path of the fire, officials believe it is likely multiple houses were lost, Mike Wagner, the Boulder County sheriff’s division chief, told the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder on Saturday.

On Sunday, Wagner said damage assessment teams haven’t been able to get into the area to determine how many homes were lost. A news photographer

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Lost real estate deals cost NYC $755M

Real estate sales in New York City are plummeting, and so is the tax revenue that’s generated with every transaction.

Sales of commercial and residential properties — everything from office buildings to hotels and individual condos — are down 45% this year through September, according to a report last week by the Real Estate Board of New York.

That’s resulted in $755 million less in city and state tax revenue compared with the first nine months of last year, the trade group said. The lost revenue stems from transfer and mansion taxes that are levied on real estate trades. The tally doesn’t include taxes generated from mortgage recording, suggesting that the hit to public coffers is even higher.

Property sales have tumbled since March when the city and state shut down to slow the spread of covid-19. Midtown offices are still largely empty while employees work from home, apartment landlords

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