Sources report that Grace Community Church (EPC) in Weed, Calif., has burned to the ground as a result of the Boles Fire. More information coming soon.
A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.
This tiny town near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains was under siege from a 350-acre blaze that surged toward and through it through timberland. … The fire started east of town and mowed through the area.
“Black land. Very flat. A lot of trees burned, a lot of sad, scared folks,” Brady said.
Randy Coates said he and his wife rushed to pick up their daughter when her high school was evacuated. He said that on their way back home, they saw the town’s Catholic and Presbyterian churches, houses and backyards on fire.