Looking Back at the Boles Fire

Thursday, September 15th, marks two years since a relatively small but aggressive fire ravaged the small town of Weed, in Siskiyou County.  The Boles Fire broke out that day in 2014 at 1:38PM. The fire burned 516 acres, but included in that were 157 destroyed homes and eight commercial buildings including two churches. The fast-moving but short-lived fire also damaged part of the Weed Elementary School and most of the Roseburg Mill. It took more than 450 personnel, 10 engines and some aircraft to stop the fire’s advance.  A Siskiyou County man was arrested and sentenced on July 28, 2015, for starting the Fire. Judge Don Langford sentenced Ronald Marshall, 25, to three years in prison with no probation. Marshall reportedly said he’d started the fire to stay warm.

Click the link to the story to watch the video produced by Cal OES the day after the fire.


Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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