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California Wildfire Ravages Small Town of Weed

posted Sep 18, 2014, 7:56 AM by Gary Jones
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Mercedes Castillo, 22, who works with the after-school program at Weed Elementary School, arrived for work just before 2 p.m. on Monday and found the children being evacuated single-file.

She began to help herd kindergartners to safety. “They were in hysterics,” she said. “Most of them were trying to cover their faces. Every single one of them was crying. They just didn’t know what to do.”

She corrected herself — this is wildfire season in California, during a historic drought, and people know the drill for fire danger.

“Everybody knew what to do,” she said. “At the same time, we were all kind of lost.”

Part of the elementary school was badly burned.
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