Thu. Nov 30th, 2023

BERRY CREEK (CBS13) — The small community of Berry Creek is now wiped out by a wildfire, in an eerie scene that’s become all too common in California.

16-year-old Josiah Williams.

This wildfire has also turned deadly. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announcing three bodies have been discovered. None have been identified. There are also a dozen missing people.

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Jessica Williams reported her 16-year-old son missing. She spoke to CBS13 from Indiana, where she is working to locate her son Josiah Williams.

“He’s smart, he’s a good kid, he’s athletic,” Williams said.

Josiah was last seen in Berry Creek. His car was found unscathed. A search of hospitals has turned up nothing. His mother is praying it’s a miscommunication.

“I can’t get a hold of him, nobody can find him,” Jessica Williams said.

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First responders used a Berry Creek fire station as a triage for dozens of people fleeing the wildfire, several suffering burns as they made their escape.

“I would say most of them were running for their lives,” Cal Fire Captain Specialist Matthew Palade said. “You know, some of the people we encountered last night, they were sleeping. We woke people up.”

This small community of Berry Creek. Wiped out by wildfire. Families of the missing are now holding onto hope for a miracle.

“Josiah, I love you please call me. Let mom know where you’re at,” Jessica Williams said.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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