The smell of burning remains strong in the valley near the town of Perillo.
But it’s not a scent you’d expect to see in a wildfire.
It’s not as if Perillo, home to nearly 40,000 people, is in any way isolated from the fire that ravaged the region in mid-November.
The wildfire burned from mid-October until mid-December, with more than 3,500 fires burning throughout the state.
It burned near Perillo as well as some neighboring communities, destroying hundreds of homes and destroying more than 200,000 acres of forest.
Residents and firefighters struggle to protect homes, businesses and vehicles as they struggle to get water and supplies to communities.
There are no official estimates on the number of people that lost their homes, but some estimates place the number at between 4,000 and 5,000.
The fires burned as a wildfire raged, threatening a number of Perilo’s residents, including the Perillo Fire Station, the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAF) office and the Perillos Fire Department.
In all, about 20 percent of the Perilos were destroyed.
Perillo resident Marla Martinez said she and her husband lost everything when the fire swept through the area.
“We were lucky that we survived,” Martinez said.
“We had everything we could possibly have in our house and we didn’t have any of our belongings.”
Martinez said she doesn’t have a clue how much her house and belongings were destroyed but she believes it was close to $20,000 when the fires began.
She said her husband’s wife and children have since been evicted from the home and that her husband is still trying to get a refund from the DAF for the $10,000 he lost in lost property.
Martinez has lost everything in her home and believes she will lose her house if she cannot get her money back.
When asked how she is going to pay for her property, Martinez said, “I don’t know.”
Perillos residents are worried about the damage they have already seen.
“It is hard to see the damage we are going to do, especially in the first few days, but I know that we will be able to rebuild, said resident Mark Boccardo.
Boccardos said he was out of his home with his family to take a look at the damage when the smoke started to clear.
He and his family evacuated the house but were able to find another home.”
We had to get back in,” he said.
As he stood outside the house, Boccards father said, ‘I know this is going be a tough time for the family.
We are going out, we are not leaving.
I don’t want to leave either.'”
Martinez and Boc cards son have been forced to move out because the fire has threatened their homes.
Boccards son was at work when the wildfires started.
He said he’s afraid that his family may lose everything.
“I am just praying for everybody,” he added.
A number of residents in the area have been unable to get supplies and are trying to make their way out of the area through the Perilla Fire District.
They’re also trying to help their neighbors.
“There are a lot of people out here in the communities, and they’re just trying to stay out of harm’s way,” said resident Tania Dejesus.
“They don’t need to be here, but they’re trying to do that.”
Dejesuses daughter lives nearby and said that she believes her parents are in danger as the fire continues to burn.
“They have no way of getting out of here, no way to leave, so they’re stuck here, trapped, just trying, trying, to find a way out,” Dejasus said.
She added that her mother has had a hard time finding work as she works as a nurse.
But Dej as said she hopes that some people will help her family out.
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