In the interim, members of the Auburn community have reached out to make the fire crews’ stay a little more comfortable.
After reading about the Robbers Fire Thursday, Ethan and Melanee O’Hagan decided they wanted to do something to show their gratitude for fire crews and support for the community. Ethan O’Hagan is the general manager of Old Town Pizza in Auburn, owned by Melanee’s parents Reese and Tammy Browning.
The duo dropped off several boxes of pizza at the Red Cross Evacuation Center at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Foresthill and stopped by the staging area at the fairgrounds. Melanee O’Hagan said she and her mother were planning to take baked goods to local fire stations Friday afternoon. Seeing the impact of the Robbers Fire on families and fire personnel was poignant, she said.
There were 150 residents threatened and evacuations remained in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon and the Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill as of Friday.
“We went to the Red Cross Evacuation center, which was a pretty moving experience. Seeing families displaced, it really hit close to home,” Melanee O’Hagan said. “He (a firefighter receiving the pizza donation) had this great big smile on his face and he was kind of laughing. I am sure he was overwhelmed with all that was going on.”