MOUNTAIN RANCH -- Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Mountain Ranch Saturday to put a little color back into Calaveras County where the Butte Fire scorched tens of thousands of acres of land last September.
Depending on where you look in the county, you can either see lush greenery or charred, black skeletons of trees. As a small step in rebuilding the area, 200 volunteers planted countless potted wild flowers and seeds in the burn scar.
"Just understanding the appreciation people have for simple flowers. When you have nothing that is something," event organizer Katie Clark told FOX40.
Volunteers got their hands dirty at 38 properties including resident Kandi Zelmer's. She lost everything during the fire, but is ecstatic about getting some beauty back in the area.
"I feel really blessed to be picked as one out of 40 families to be helped. I'm not worthy. I don't deserve it — I'm so grateful," Zelmer said.
The Butte Fire beautification process isn't over. The Hive, a Butte Fire recovery center, has about 7,400 conifer seedlings to distribute to qualifying survivors.
For how to apply for the tree project, email the questions and answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are you a renter or an owner?
A: I own my property OR I have a lease min. 2 years
Q: How do you want your trees? (Answer all that apply)
A: Bagged to plant myself OR potted to plant myself OR planted for me
Q: What kind of trees do you want? (Answer all that apply)
A: Ponderosa Pine OR Sugar Pine OR Doug Fir OR Incense Cedar
Q: I will be able to water my plants
A: As often as needed OR every 30 days