According to Wikipedia the Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date. It is also the deadliest wildfire in the United States since the Cloquet fire in 1918, and is high on the list of the world’s deadliest wildfires; it is the sixth-deadliest U.S. wildfire overall. It was the world’s costliest natural disaster in 2018. Named after Camp Creek Road, its place of origin, the fire started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County, in Northern California. The fire caused at least 86 civilian fatalities, with 3 persons still missing, and injured 12 civilians, two prison inmate firefighters, and three other firefighters. It covered an area of 153,336 acres, and destroyed 18,804 structures, with most of the damage occurring within the first four hours. Total damage was $16.5 billion; one-quarter of the damage, $4 billion, was not insured.
With all of those numbers it is easy to forget how many lives were impacted and how that great big dollar amount means real loss to real people. But then you got the small stories that came from the big mess. The little victories and the gifts, the kindness that was shown to the victims of the fire. And that is where our Good News Story of the Day comes from. There was indeed loss, but not everything was lost. After sifting thru mud and ash for three hours, and using buckets of water to push the mud thru those sifters, Heather Thornewood’s family heirloom was found. It is a ring made out of a tie-stud and given to her great-great-grandmother sometime in the early 1900s by her great-great-grandfather who made it. Over 100-years-old the ring is one of a kind and when they found it the damage to the ring was devastating.
However, there was something to be done about it, Mahmoud Sharif, the owner of Sharif Jewelers in Sacramento took the soot-covered treasure and returned it to its original sparkle and shine after three hours of work. He called it an honor to help bring a sense of comfort and relief to Heather and her family. There is more to the story which you can read about and a video to watch available in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBS Sacramento.