SHINGLE SPRINGS (CBS13) – More than a week since the Caldor Fire broke out through El Dorado County, thousands of residents have been homeless and evacuation sites are full.
Now more than 200 evacuees are at the KOA in Shingle Springs, camping and paying more than $ 100 a night for accommodation. Some say they run out of money while trying to keep their families in one place.
“We’re just trying to survive and make the best of it,” said a man named Paul.
The evacuees from Caldor Fire say they are nervous.
“I’m stressed, I’m afraid for my family, I’m afraid for my family’s home,” said Cat Hall from Kyburz.
Some have been KOA at Shingle Springs Campground for more than a week. Having no place to go, they spend money every day to have safe shelter.
“Some of these people only have the money in their pockets,” said Paul.
Garrett Larson and his new bride were married the night before they were told to evacuate their Pollock Pines home.
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He never thought that the fire would come this close and that he would have to spend his honeymoon at the KOA.
“It comes to your door and it’s scary, it’s sad and you just have to do your best in the meantime,” Larson said.
Cal Fire said Monday the fire is knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe Basin.
And those who had to flee the fire do not know if their home is there or when they can go home.
“Now the depression sets in, people realize that it takes at least two weeks, some 30 days, and it’s very quiet today,” said Paul.
Families are looking for a way to afford another night together.
“Who knows what will happen when we go home,” said Hall.
Shingle Springs KOA accepts donation cards that evacuees would use to pay for their stay at the campsite.