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Eagle Statue A Symbol Of Gratitude In Wake Of Butte Fire

  

A 12-foot-tall bald eagle is a symbol of thanks to firefighters for their efforts in saving the town of West Point in Calaveras County during the Butte Fire.

The sculpture made of chicken wire, electrical conduit, and more than 1,000 paper plates is hanging from an oak tree along Highway 26.

The bird carries a sign thanking firefighters, it was created by Randy Carlins.

"This one I used paper plates to give the texture and look of feathers," says Carlins.

He says the community is still dealing with their losses.

"It was a traumatic experience for everybody and kind of brought a lot of people together and also there's been a lot of generosity and help for all the survivors of it because we lost a lot of houses up here," says Carlins.

Carlins says he hopes the eagle will make it through the winter storms and so too the town which now faces the possibility of flash flooding.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio