Evacuee leaving state after home burns down

Evacuee leaving state after home burns down

Wednesday, July 16 was the last day Karen Risen called the corner of Bully Choop Road and Platina Road in Ono home.

Risen's house was one of the eighteen structures the fire destroyed on the day it started.

"We saw it, it was just right there, and then it was here, it went really fast," Risen said.

This isn't the first time that Risen experienced the unfortunate circumstances of wildfire.
Last year her family was also evacuated during the Clover Fire allegedly started intentionally by Zane Peterson. The Clover Fire burned more than 8,000 acres destroyed 68 homes and also took the life of 55-year-old Brian Henry when Henry declined to evacuate his home.

"We were a part of the Clover Fire; my niece and nephew used to live there, and we were stuck here six days and didn't hear whether they were okay or not and they were right in the middle of it all," Risen said.

But now after this devastating loss, Karen and her family are going to move to Washington state to live with her son.

"I don't want to live here no more, I lost everything I still have my family, thank you God, but you know it's hard, but everything's gonna be fine," Risen said.

The Bully was allegedly started by Frederick Smoke III when he was delivering supplies to a illegal marijuana grow in the area. It is believed the exhaust pipe on the truck ignited dry brush and started the fire.

The Bully Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres and is 40 percent contained.

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