TUOLUMNE COUNTY –
Giving back, it’s what more than 700 people wanted to do for victims of the Rim Fire by attending this fundraising dinner.
“They lost cabins, they lost fences. Some of the ranchers lost cattle, $1,000 a head,” said Lee Butler, fifth generation rancher.
Raging flames burned for more than two months, destroying more than 257,000 acres in its path.
The fire left the homes of 11 families, along with businesses and dozens of other structures in ashes.
Danny Erickson lost his ranch and its cattle. But tonight, seeing everyone rallying together for him and others just like him, gives him hope for the future.
“We hope that our ranch can continue on. It’s honoring, it’s humbling to have these people show up for this and the community. We know it’s a great community. But this is really something,” Erickson said.
“People here are resilient, people here are cohesive. It’s a community that works together If we had more tickets and more space, there’d be more people here,” said Pastor Bettencourt of Country Cowboy Church.