As Northern California Erupts in an Inferno, One Marine Chooses to Take a Brave Stand

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July 31, 2018Jul 31, 2018

The Carr Fire as of Tuesday morning has destroyed over 800 homes in the Redding area of California. A blaze which started from a vehicle malfunction has killed six people.

Near the Lakeport area of California, just north of San Francisco, twin fires have destroyed approximately 107 square miles of rural land, according to Fox News

Those two fires, which are straddling Mendocino and Lake counties, have burned seven homes, in addition to the 107 square miles of land. Police have warned the residents in those areas to flee immediately.

Evacuation orders are in place for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport, along with other smaller communities nearby. As a sum total, around 10,000 people have been told to leave.

But one Marine is choosing to not heed that warning. Derrick Hughes II, 32, said preserving his home is why he became a Marine in the first place.

"This is everything I bled for, and I've worked really hard to get to where I am, and I'm just not willing to give it up so easily," he said in an interview over the phone.

He sent his wife and two daughters to safety along with three carloads of their belongings out of harm’s way. But the thought of losing his home was too costly to consider.

"Some people may think that's selfish of me, and I have insurance. But the way things go, I'd rather not start over."

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