Rocky Fire Evacuees Make Most of Stressful Situation

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LAKE COUNTY --

Daniel LaRue and his family are getting ready to spend another night camping along Clear Lake.

"I kind of like it, we have the family and we have our own little private beach to fish on," LaRue said.

But this trip was not planned. LaRue and his family left their Spring Valley home Monday after flames jumped Highway 20.

Wednesday LaRue went back home for the first time.

"Finally were able to make it back out here and check on things and everything's OK," LaRue said.

Evacuation orders are still mandatory for his neighborhood. While most have picked up and left, some refused.

"My little baby girls were crying and hugging wanted daddy to go with them but I told them everything gonna be alright," said Spring Valley resident Todd Southwick.

Many in this community are trusting the thousands of firefighters who have been working to get an upper hand on the Rocky Fire for eight days.

Calmer weather Tuesday allowed crews to make good progress on flames that burned out of control just a few days ago.

"No one has ever seen that before. The computer simulator said it should take seven days to burn 22,000 acres ad we did it in 5 hours," said CALFIRE PIO Jay Smith.

Many in Spring Valley have faith that the worst is behind them.

"We'll be alright either way and I really don't think our house is gonna burn," said LaRue.

As of Wednesday, the fire was 30 percent contained with 39 homes destroyed. It has burned nearly 70,000 acres.