Carstens Fire nearly contained

June 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Carstens fire that burned more than 1,700 acres near Midpines last week is nearly contained.

Firefighters got the upper hand just in time for a popular music festival that was inside the evacuation zone.

"This year with the fire we didn't know if it was going to take place but it was a total success," said Chuck Carter. "We were very lucky, I think God spared this place."

Every year Carter showcases talent from all around the state and throws a big party. Last Sunday a fire ripped through his community and almost put a stop to the gathering. At one point firefighters asked 1,900 people to evacuate their homes. But on Thursday afternoon firefighters let people back in and opened the roads close to Carter's ranch and the festival was back on.

Those who came to the festival had to pay $40 to get in but this year there was one special group of people who got in for free. Chuck Carter said this is his way of thanking every single firefighter for keeping his community safe.

"We did invite you and some of you came. We really appreciate it," Carter said.


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