‘Starting to look a lot better’: Rain aids Mosquito fire battle, but brings flood, mudflow risk
In the months since the Mosquito fire, residents have been busy fighting the blaze and keeping their homes secure; with the assistance of the military and engineers and the passage of torrential rain, and with local residents pulling together as one, the town is starting to look a lot better after the fire.
The fire has been completely contained and the town is starting to rebuild.
Residents are rebuilding in a “very, very” tight space with a lot of hard work to do.
“We’ve been very busy,” said Mike Smith, the manager at the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Department, who said a lot of the rebuilding is being done in the space that they had to evacuate.
“There’s a lot of work in the house, and there’s a lot of rain coming through,” said Smith.
With the rain coming down, residents have been working to make sure their homes are safe.
“We’ve been looking for all the debris to be cleared from our yards and have been working on that,” said Jason Jones, who owns the house that was lost in the fire.
“As soon as there is clear space, we’ll be moving in,” said Smith, who said the rain and mud have been a problem.
On the other side of town, the Pecorillo fire has been controlled and is expected to go out today, although residents are still going to wait for a chance to rebuild and then go back to normal.
“Our priority is to get the houses back up to code and then we’ll look at the rest later on. Right now, we’re concentrating on getting houses ready for residents,” said Smith.
In the weeks that the fire was burning, it had to make choices.
“We had two options,” said Smith.
“We could be burned up in the fire and not be able to fight the fire. We could lose